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Green Bay vs. Central Michigan - 11/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Michigan Chippewas (4-2) at Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix (3-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Resch Center)

The Line: Green Bay Phoenix -7.0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Central Michigan Chippewas will travel to the Resch Center to take on the Green Bay Phoenix this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Central Michigan Chippewas lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 4-2 on the season after being defeated by the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, 91-79, this past Wednesday. Central Michigan went into halftime with a 45-42 lead however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half which allowed Arkansas-Little Rock to pull away for the victory. Central Michigan struggled defensively as they allowed the Trojans to shoot 66.0% from the field and 46.2% (6-13) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Central Michigan was Marcus Keene who had 32 points and 5 assists. On the season, Central Michigan is averaging 91.3 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Chippewas average 15.0 three-pointers per game on 30.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Central Michigan has been led by Marcus Keene (29.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.3 apg), Braylon Rayson (16.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Cecil Williams (9.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg), and David DiLeo (8.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Central Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 75.8 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. Central Michigan has done well protecting the basketball as they enter this contest with a 5.8 turnover margin that ranks 15th in College Basketball.

Green Bay vs. Central Michigan - 11/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Green Bay Phoenix won their 2nd straight game and improved to 3-2 on the season after defeating the UMKC Kangaroos, 95-77, this past Monday in the Bill Frack Challenge. Green Bay used a 23-7 run at the end of the first half to take a 43-34 halftime lead and led by double-digits for the majority of the 2nd half in the victory. Green Bay shot 53.3% from the field and forced the Kangaroos into committing 15 turnovers. Leading the way for Green Bay was Turner Botz who had 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. On the season, Green Bay is averaging 78.2 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Phoenix are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 32.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Phoenix have struggled at the FT line as they are shooting just 66.0% which ranks 249th in College Basketball. Offensively, Green Bay has been led by Trevor Anderson (14.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.0 apg), Charles Cooper (12.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.8 apg), Khalil Small (11.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Turner Botz (10.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.2 apg). Defensively, Green Bay is allowing their opponents to average 71.2 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field.

The Chippewas are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Horizon League opponents. The Phoenix are 6-1-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win.

Green Bay hasn’t looked great on the offensive end this season after losing two of their two scorers in Carrington Love and Jordan Fouse as their 42.5 FG% ranks just 233rd in College Basketball. Central Michigan also lost a lot of their offensive production from last year’s team however, the Chippewas can still score with the best of them led by Marcus Keene and Braylon Rayson. Green Bay is the better team however, as I’m not completely confident with the Phoenix offense, even against the weak Chippewas defense, I think Central Michigan will be able to do enough damage from beyond the arc in this one to cover with the points. Take Central Michigan and the points. 

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