Central Michigan Chippewas (3-3) at Western Michigan Broncos (1-4)
College Basketball: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm (University Arena in Read Fieldhouse)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -1 -- Over/Under: 142.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Central Michigan Chippewas and the Western Michigan Broncos meet Friday in college basketball action from University Arena.
Central Michigan is sitting at 3-3 on the year. The Chippewas are on a three-game winning streak, taking out Western Illinois, Valparaiso and St. Francis IL in their last trio. As for Western Michigan, they’re 1-4 this season. The Broncos are sitting on consecutive losses, falling to Detroit and Milwaukee in that pair. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Central Michigan opened up the year with three straight losses, falling to UIC, FIU and Flagler in their first trio. Since then it’s been three solid wins for the Chippewas, however. They’ve taken out Western Illinois 79-73, Valparaiso 84-79 and St. Francis IL 91-39 in their most recent trio of outings.
In the win over the Saints, Central Michigan’s Meikkel Murray posted 15 points with eight rebounds, and Caleb Huffman added 11 points with four rebounds in 17 minutes of action. Ralp Bissainthe also finished in double-figures for the Chippewas with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Over on the Western Michigan side, it’s been rough going so far. The Broncos came out of the gate with losses to Butler 66-62 and Michigan State 79-61. WMU’s lone win came over Adrian 62-42, and since then it’s been more losses 67-57 to Detroit and 71-63 to Milwaukee.
In the loss to the Panthers, Western Michigan’s top scorer was Greg Lee with 18 points, eight rebounds and one assist. B. Artis White managed 17 points with four assists in that one, and Jason Whitens chipped in 16 points with four rebounds and one assist.
Western Michigan is 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 at home versus a team with a losing road record and 6-18-2 ATS in their last 26 at home versus a team with a road winning percentage under .400. The under is 5-2 in the Broncos’ last seven home games and the over is 4-0 in their last four after an ATS loss.
Meanwhile, Central Michigan is 3-1-1 ATS in their last five after a straight-up win and 1-4-2 ATS in their last seven road games. The Chippewas are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games versus a team with a losing home record and the over is 4-1 in their last five road games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Central Michigan here. The Chippewas posted a couple of ugly games earlier in the year, giving up a combined 188 points in a two-game span to FIU and Flagler. Central Michigan is still giving up a ton of points (73 or more in five of six games), but they’re scoring better to compensate over their last three outings. I’m not wild about the Chippewas this season but I think they’ve got enough offense to keep Western Michigan at bay and eke out a cover/win.