The High Point Panthers and the Central Michigan Chippewas meet in college basketball action from the JSerra Pavilion on Monday.
The High Point Panthers will look to rebound from their first loss of the year in a 78-68 loss to UNLV in their last game. Jaden House leads High Point in scoring with 22.8 PPG along with 3.5 RPG while Abdoulare Thiam has 17.8 PPG with 4.8 RPG and Zack Austin has 16.8 PPG with 6.8 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for High Point so far this year. Ahmard Harvey also has a team-high 7.5 RPG while Bryant Randleman has a team-high 4.8 APG up to this point in the year. As a team, High Point is averaging 92.5 PPG on 47.8% shooting from the field, 39.4% from three and 65.7% from the foul line this season.
The Central Michigan Chippewas will hope to bounce back from a 68-60 loss to Minnesota in their last game. Kevin Miller leads the Chips in scoring with 18.7 PPG as well as in assists with 5 APG while Jesse Zarzuela has 13.7 PPG and Markus Harding has 11 PPG with 5 RPG to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for the Chippewas up to this point in the year. As a team, Central Michigan is averaging 69.7 PPG on 40.7% shooting from the field, 27.1% from three and 70.6% from the foul line this season.
High Point is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400. Central Michigan is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
I get the case to be made either way in this game, but I’m leaning towards the Chippewas and the points. I think High Point is fully capable of winning this game, but this just feels like too many points to be giving up to a Chippewas team that hasn’t been bad against what I feel is the tougher schedule to this point. High Point can score, but I think CMU can keep pace and keep this one within the number.