Northwestern vs. Central Michigan - 12/17/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Central Michigan Chippewas (6-1) at Northwestern Wildcats (6-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Central Michigan Chippewas and Northwestern Wildcats meet Wednesday night at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The Central Michigan Chippewas are off to a quick 6-1 start and play their second true road game. On the season, Central Michigan is averaging 78.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting and is allowing 62.7 points o n42.1 percent shooting. Chris Fowler leads the Chippewas with 14.6 points and 6.7 assists while John Simons is averaging 12.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. Braylon Rayson is the third CMU player averaging double-digit points and Josh Kozinski is shooting 47.5 percent from the field. The Central Michigan Chippewas are one of the top offensive teams in the country, shooting 72.7 percent from the free throw line and 42.6 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Central Michigan is forcing 13 turnovers per game and holding teams to 28.8 percent shooting from deep.
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The Northwestern Wildcats have lost three of their last four games and need a win to get back on track. On the season, Northwestern is averaging 64.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting and is allowing 59.4 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Alex Olah leads the Wildcats with 116. points and 7.2 rebounds while Tre Demps is averaging 10.6 points on 36.5 percent shooting. Vic Law is grabbing 5.6 rebounds and Bryant McIntosh is shooting 39.1 percent from the field. The Northwestern Wildcats relies on their defense that’s forcing close to 12 turnovers, averaging 36.6 rebounds and holding teams to 33.3 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, Northwestern struggles, making 68.6 percent from the free throw line and 34.3 percent from downtown.
The Chippewas are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big Ten. The Wildcats are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Mid-American.
I've been a lot more impressed with what Central Michigan has done than Northwestern. The Chippewas have the potential to be a force this season and it all starts with getting this big win on the road. I'm not sure if CMU wins outright, but the points are the pick here.