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Miami (Ohio) vs. Central Michigan - 1/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Michigan Chippewas (10-9) at Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (6-13)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Millett Hall)

The Line: Miami (Ohio) RedHawks +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Central Michigan Chippewas will travel to Millett Hall to take on the Miami (OH) Redhawks this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Central Michigan Chippewas snapped their two game losing streak and improved to 10-9 (3-3 MAC West) on the season after defeating the Ohio Bobcats, 72-49, this past Saturday. Central Michigan was outstanding defensively as they held Ohio to their lowest scoring output of the season. Central Michigan shot 50.8% from the field and outrebounded the Bobcats by a 37-29 margin. The Chippewas held the Bobcats to 36.5% shooting from the field and 18.8% (3-16) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Central Michigan was Braylon Rayson who had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Chippewas have been led by Braylon Rayson (16.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Chris Fowler (14.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.8 apg), and Rayshawn Simmons (13.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.4 apg). Offensively, Central Michigan is averaging 77.0 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field and 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Chippewas average 9.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.33. Defensively, Central Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 73.7 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Chippewas have a rebound margin of -0.3 and a turnover margin of 0.6.

Miami (Ohio) vs. Central Michigan - 1/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami (OH) Redhawks lost their 9th straight game and dropped to 6-13 (0-6 MAC East) on the season after being defeated by the Akron Zips, 75-46, this past Saturday. Miami (OH) struggled offensively in this one and couldn’t recover after falling behind 34-18 at halftime. Miami (OH) shot just 10.0% (1-10) from three-point range and lost the turnover battle by a 14-8 margin. The Redhawks allowed the Zips to shoot 48.1% from the field and 53.8% (14-26) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Miami (OH) was Geovonie McKnight who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, the Redhawks have been led by Eric Washington (14.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.4 spg), Geovonie McKnight (12.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg), and LJ Livingston (5.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg). Offensively, Miami (OH) is averaging 63.8 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field and 30.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Redhawks average 5.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.78. Defensively, Miami (OH) is allowing their opponents to average 68.2 ppg on 43.8% shooting. The Redhawks average 6.8 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 2.3.

The Chippewas are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Red Hawks are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Central Michigan has one of the best players in the MAC in Chris Fowler and has a high scoring offensive that can really light it up from beyond the arc. Miami (OH) has been solid defensively however, has really struggled on the offensive end as they rank 298th in the country in FG% and 306th in 3P FG%. Miami (OH) generally plays better at home however, until they start getting some production from players not named Geovonie McKnight and Eric Washington, I don’t think they’ll get many victories. Central Michigan hasn’t been great on the road but I think the Chippewas will get enough three-pointers in this one and cover this small road spread. Take Central Michigan to cover. 

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Central Michigan Chippewas -2.5

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