Buffalo Bulls vs. Central Michigan Chippewas - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Central Michigan Chippewas (17-5) at Buffalo Bulls (15-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Alumni Arena)
The Line: Buffalo Bulls -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Central Michigan Chippewas will travel to the Alumni Arena to take on the Buffalo Bulls this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Central Michigan Chippewas improved to 17-5 (7-4 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ohio Bobcats, 68-57, this past Tuesday. Central Michigan shot 39.3% from the field and 21.4% (6-28) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Chippewas was John Simons who had 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 steals. Central Michigan is ranked 100th in the RPI Standings and has played the 252nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Chippewas have been led by Chris Fowler (15.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.1 apg) and John Simons (11.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.0 spg). Central Michigan is averaging 80.3 ppg (ranked 8th) on 47.5% shooting (ranked 27th). The Chippewas are averaging 10.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 3rd) on 38.2% three-point shooting (ranked 41st). Central Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 66.5 ppg (ranked 173rd) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 168th). The Chippewas are pulling down 36.0 total rpg (ranked 98th) and have a rebound margin of 3.2 (ranked 88th).
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The Buffalo Bulls dropped to 15-8 (6-5 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 92-88, this past Tuesday. Buffalo shot 49.3% from the field and 25.0% (5-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulls was Justin Moss who had 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals. Buffalo is ranked 58th in the RPI Standings and has played the 103rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulls have been led by Justin Moss (19.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.0 spg) and Shannon Evans (15.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.5 apg). Buffalo is averaging 74.6 ppg (ranked 33rd) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 158th). The Bulls are shooting 73.8% from the free-throw line (ranked 27th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.13 (ranked 93rd). Buffalo is holding their opponents to an average of 68.7 ppg (ranked 241st) on 42.3% shooting (ranked 148th). The Bulls are pulling down 37.3 total rpg (ranked 53rd) and have a turnover margin of 2.3 (ranked 43rd).
The Chippewas are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 home games however, just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Central Michigan hasn't played the toughest of schedules this year, however, have been a thorn in the side of many teams in the MAC with their explosive offensive that relies heavily on the three-pointer. Buffalo has dropped their last two, and has really been struggling at the defensive end as in their last 3 games they've given up an average of 81.6 ppg. Buffalo has a star in Justin Moss that will give Central Michigan trouble down low, however, they are great at defending the three-pointer and I think the Chippewas will expose a struggling Buffalo defensive to keep this one within the number. Take Central Michigan and the points in this one.