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Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Buffalo Bulls - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Buffalo Bulls (12-4) at Central Michigan Chippewas (12-3)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm (McGuirk Arena)

The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Buffalo Bills and the Central Michigan Chippewas will face off at McGuirk Arena this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Buffalo Bills improved to 12-4 (3-1 MAC) on the season after defeating the Miami (OH) Redhawks this past Saturday. The Buffaloes shot 44.6% from the field and had 7 blocks in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulls was Justin Moss who had a double-double with 31 points and 15 rebounds. Buffalo is ranked 56th in the RPI Standings and has played the 147th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulls have been led by Justin Moss (18.3 ppg, 9.6 rpg) and Shannon Evans (16.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.8 apg). Offensively, Buffalo is averaging 73.9 ppg (ranked 48th) on 43.0% shooting (ranked 208th). The Bulls shot 73.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 46th) and have a turnover margin of 1.6 (ranked 86th). Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to average 66.4 ppg (ranked 180th) on 40.4% shooting (ranked 89th). The Bulls average 4.9 bpg (ranked 48th) and 38.38 total rpg (ranked 45th).

Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Buffalo Bulls - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Central Michigan Chippewas dropped to 12-3 (2-2 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Akron Zips 82-76 this past Saturday. Central Michigan allowed Akron to shot 45.0% from the field and 40.0% (14-35) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Chippewas was Chris Fowler who had 26 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Central Michigan is ranked 142nd ranked in the RPI Standings and has played the 340th ranked SOS. On the season, the Chippewas have been led by Chris Fowler (14.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.4 spg) and John Simons (10.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg). Offensively, Central Michigan is averaging 85.2 ppg (ranked 2nd) on 50.0% shooting (ranked 5th). The Chippewas make 11.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 2nd) on 41.4% three-point shooting (ranked 4th). Defensively, Central Michigan is allowing their opponents to score an average of 67.3 ppg (ranked 203rd) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 147th). The Chippewas are allowing their opponents to shoot 34.5% from three-point range (ranked 213th) and have a rebound margin of 5.3 (ranked 45th).

The Bulls are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Chippewas are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.

The Chippewas have had a great start to the season but many of those wins have come against low-tier teams as Central Michigan have yet to play a team ranked inside the top-100. Although Central Michigan can really light it up from beyond the arc, they’ve yet to face a team with the talent that Buffalo has. I think Justin Moss and Shannon Evans will lead Buffalo to a victory. Take Buffalo and the points in this one. 

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