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Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
When: Friday, March 15, 6:30 PM. ET.
The Buffalo Bulls will be trying to book a ticket to their third MAC Tournament finals in the last four season when they take on the Central Michigan Chippewas in the first tournament semifinal game on Friday night.
Chippewas Going For Fourth Consecutive Win
The Chippewas have looked impressive during their MAC tournament run and have won their last three games. They will be trying to advance to the tournament final for the first time since 2015 when they take on the Bulls on Friday.
Larry Austin Jr. ties the single-season assists record.
Shawn Roundtree Jr. ties a career-high with 5 3-pointers and scores 20 points for the 8th time in his last 9 full games.
Kevin McKay records his 13th career double-double.
— CMU Men's Basketball (@CMUMensBBall) March 14, 2019
Central Michigan lost its only regular-season meeting with the Bulls 90-76 and will try to get some payback for that loss as the team goes for its fourth consecutive win and eighth win in their last 10 games.
The Chippewas have played well offensive, averaging 82.5 points per game. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range.
Larry Austin Jr. leads the way for the Chippewas with 17.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. Shawn Roundtree is averaging 16.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, while David DiLeo is averaging 12.1 points and five rebounds per game.
The Chippewas have struggled on defense and are giving up 75.8 points per game. They gave up 81 points in their last game and will need to do a better job if they want to eliminate the reigning conference champions.
Bulls Going For 11th Consecutive Win
The Bulls have dominated opponents this season, winning 29 of their 32 contests. They are coming off a 36-point blowout of Akron in the quarterfinals and will be hoping for similar results when they take on the Chippewas for a chance to pick up their 11th win in a row and to advance to the tournament finals.
ICYMI: Check out the @GEICO Play of the Game from our first quarterfinal game of the day!
— #MACtion (@MACSports) March 14, 2019
Buffalo has an explosive offense that is averaging 85 points per game. The team is shooting 46 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range.
CJ Massinburg leads the way for the Bulls with 18.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Nick Perkins is averaging 14.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while Jeremy Harris is averaging 13.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
The Bulls have also played well defensively, holding opponents to 70.9 points per game. They held Akron to 46 points in their last game and will need a similar effort to get past the Chippewas on Friday.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Central Michigan is:
- 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall.
- 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Bulls have struggled against the spread, losing four of their last five games and six of their last nine games against teams with winning records. The Chippewas have played well against the spread, winning 13 if their last 17 games and six of their last eight games against teams with winning records.
Prediction: Central Michigan Chippewas
Full-Game Total Pick
The Chippewas have played under the total in five of their last seven games against teams with winning records and in six of their last nine games following a straight up win. The Bulls have played under the total in five of their last six games and in five of their last six games following a straight up win.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Bulls will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Chippewas in the first half of their last three games, averaging 40.3 points per game while the Chippewas average 38.7 points per game.
Prediction: Buffalo Bulls
Half-Time Total Bet
The Chippewas and Bulls are averaging 79 points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.