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Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Ohio Bobcats - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio Bobcats (7-11) at Central Michigan Chippewas (14-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 4:30 pm (McGuirk Arena)

The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Ohio Bobcats will travel to McGuirk Arena to take on the Central Michigan Chippewas this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Ohio Bobcats dropped to 7-11 (2-5 MAC) on the season after losing 76-40 to the Eastern Michigan Eagles this past Tuesday. Ohio struggled offensively as they shot only 22.8% from the field and 10.5% (2-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Antonio Campbell who had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ohio is ranked 196th in the RPI Standings and has played the 80th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bobcats have been led by Maurice Daly Ndour (15.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg) and Javarez Willis (14.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.2 apg). Offensively, Ohio is averaging 66.6 ppg (ranked 197th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 216th). The Bobcats average 6.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 155th) and commit 12.8 turnovers per game (ranked 172nd). Defensively, Ohio is allowing their opponents to average 70.1 ppg (ranked 274th) on 42.3% shooting (ranked 160th). The Bobcats grab 25.89 defensive rpg (ranked 56th) and have a rebound margin of -1.8 (ranked 259th).

Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Ohio Bobcats - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Central Michigan Chippewas dropped to 14-4 (4-3 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Kent State Golden Flashes, 63-53, this past Tuesday. Central Michigan struggled offensively as they shot just 33.9% from the field and 17.4% (4-23) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Chippewas was Chris Fowler who had 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Central Michigan is ranked 99th in the RPI Standings and has played the 271st ranked SOS. On the season, the Chippewas have been led by Chris Fowler (14.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.1 apg) and John Simons (11.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg). Offensively, Central Michigan is averaging 82.2 ppg (ranked 5th) on 48.6% shooting (ranked 20th). The Chippewas average 10.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 2nd) on 40.7% shooting (ranked 11th). Defensively, Central Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 66.4 ppg (ranked 180th) on 41.8% shooting (ranked 136th). The Chippewas grab 36.72 total rpg (ranked 80th) and have a rebound margin of 4.1 (ranked 66th).

The Bobcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU loss of more than 20 points however, just 4-10  ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Chippewas are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Ohio is in rebuilding mode and although they put back to back wins together recently, they looked helpless against a strong Eastern Michigan defensive. Central Michigan loves to shoot the long-range ball and had a rare off night in their recent loss against Kent State. Ohio has generally struggled on both sides of the ball this year, and I don’t see Central Michigan having trouble pouring in points from beyond the arc on their home court. I think Central Michigan pulls away from Ohio in the second half and covers this large spread. Take Central Michigan to cover.

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