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Louisiana Tech vs. Central Michigan - 3/17/15 NIT Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Michigan (23-8) vs. Louisiana Tech (25-8)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Thomas Assembly Center)

The Line: Central Michigan +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Central Michigan Chippewas and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs play in the NIT at the Thomas Assembly Center.

The Central Michigan Chippewas look for consistency after splitting their last six. On the season, CMU is averaging 74.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting and is allowing 67.6 points on 45 percent shooting. Chris Fowler is averaging 16 points and 6.1 assists while John Simons is averaging 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Braylon Rayson is the third double-digit scorer and Rayshawn Simmons is dishing 4.1 assists. The Central Michigan Chippewas have five players averaging at least 7.5 points, and they’re shooting 72.5 percent from the line and 37.6 percent from deep. Defensively, CMU is allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 73 or more points in four of its last five games.

Louisiana Tech vs. Central Michigan - 3/17/15 NIT Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs hope to bounce back from their tough loss to UAB. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 72.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and is allowing 65.1 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Raheem Appleby is averaging 15.2 points and 1.9 assists while Alex Hamilton is averaging 15.1 points and 3.4 rebounds. Erik McCree is the third double-digit scorer and Michale Kyser is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have four players averaging at least 8.4 points, and they’re shooting 68.8 percent from the line and 31.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in four of its last five games.

The Chippewas are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss. The Bulldogs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss. 

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs should be an NCAA Tournament team but suffered a tough loss to UAB. Assuming the Bulldogs show up for this one, look for them to pick up the W and the cover. 

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