Central Michigan vs. Western Michigan - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Western Michigan Broncos (13-17) at Central Michigan Chippewas (13-17)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm (McGuirk Arena)
The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas -6 -- Over/Under: 146
The Western Michigan Broncos and the Central Michigan Chippewas meet in college basketball MAC-tion from McGuirk Arena on Friday night.
The Western Michigan Broncos will try to break out of a logjam in the bottom of the MAC West division, sitting in a three-way tie at 6-11 in conference play after back-to-back wins following a 70-64 win over Eastern Michigan last time out. Michael Flowers leads Western Michigan in scoring and assists with 16.3 PPG and 3.4 APG while Brandon Johnson is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 15.3 PPG and 8.1 RPG this season. As a team, Western Michigan is averaging 69.3 points on 42.8% shooting from the field, 34% from 3-point range and 71.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.5 points on 43.3% shooting from the field and 32.4% from 3-point range this season. Western Michigan is 3-10 straight up and 5-8 against the spread on the road this season.
The Central Michigan Chippewas will try to finish the season strong, also sitting at 6-11 in conference play after a 9th straight loss in the form of an 85-68 loss to Ball State last time out. David DiLeo leads CMU in scoring with 14.7 PPG while Dallas Morgan is 2nd in scoring with 13.6 PPG and Kevin McKay has 13.1 PPG and a team-high 6.4 RPG this season. Rob Montgomery has 11.3 PPG and 6.1 RPG and Devontae Lane has 9 PPG and a team-high 3.5 APG this season. As a team, Central Michigan is averaging 78.5 points on 43.3% shooting from the field, 32.7% from 3-point range and 74.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 76.7 points on 46% shooting from the field and 37.7% from 3-point range this season. Central Michigan is 11-4 straight up and 6-6 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
To be completely honest, this line makes zero sense to me. I get that Central Michigan is at home and has these gaudy offensive numbers all season long, but the Chippewas have also lost 9 straight coming into this one and have covered the spread just once in the last month. Western Michigan isn’t a dominant team by any means, but these directional rivalry games can be battles and this rivalry game I expect to be no different. I’ll gladly take Western Michigan and the points here.