Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Toledo Rockets - 3/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toledo Rockets (19-10) at Central Michigan Chippewas (21-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (McGuirk Arena)
The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Toledo Rockets will travel to McGuirk Arena to take on the Central Michigan Chippewas this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Toledo Rockets improved to 19-10 (11-5 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals, 70-59, this past Saturday. Toledo shot 49.1% from the field and 26.7% (4-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rockets was J.D. Weatherspoon who had 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Toledo is ranked 75th in the RPI Standings and has played the 103rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Rockets have been led by Julius Brown (16.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.5 apg) and Justin Drummond (13.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.0 apg). Toledo is averaging 76.0 ppg (ranked 23rd) on 47.4% shooting (ranked 28th). The Rockets average 13.7 apg (ranked 98th) and shoot 75.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 20th). Toledo is holding their opponents to an average of 70.0 ppg (ranked 269th) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 213th). The Rockets pull down 25.34 defensive rpg (ranked 56th) and are holding teams to 31.6% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 55th).
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The Central Michigan Chippewas dropped to 21-6 (11-5 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Illinois Huskies, 73-55, this past Saturday. Central Michigan shot 31.5% from the field and 25.0% (9-36) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Chippewas was Braylon Rayson who had 12 points, 1 rebound, and 1 steal. Central Michigan is ranked 80th in the RPI Standings and has played the 281st ranked SOS. On the season, the Chippewas have been led by Chris Fowler (14.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.1 apg) and John Simons (11.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.1 spg). Central Michigan is averaging 78.5 ppg (ranked 15th) on 47.1% shooting (ranked 36th). The Chippewas average 10.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 2nd) and shoot 38.2% from beyond the arc (ranked 49th). Central Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 66.4 ppg (ranked 165th) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 195th). The Chippewas average 34.67 total rpg (ranked 167th) and have a turnover margin of 3.0 (ranked 22nd).
The Rockets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Chippewas are 15-7-2 ATS in their last 24 games following a ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Toledo was able to bounce back from their tough loss to Northern Illinois by holding Ball State to just 24.1% (7-29) from beyond the arc. Central Michigan had their six game winning streak snapped as they shot only 25.0% (9-36) form beyond the arc. Toledo did a good job containing the Chippewas from beyond the arc in their first match-up and although they dropped that game by a 65-52 margin, I think Toledo is going to once again find a way to stop Central Michigan from beyond the arc and pull out a victory on the road. Take Toledo and the points.