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Central Michigan vs. Bowling Green - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Bowling Green at Central Michigan
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 4:30 PM (EST)
Location
McGuirk Arena
Mt. Pleasant, MI
The Line
Central Michigan Chippewas -2.5 -- Over/Under: 153.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Bowling Green Falcons and the Central Michigan Chippewas meet in MAC conference college basketball action from McGuirk Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Bowling Green Falcons will look to add to their current 6-game winning streak after picking up an 82-63 win over Ohio in their last outing. Justin Turner led the Falcons with 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting with a pair of threes while Michael Laster added 15 points on 5 of 8 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 4 assists. Dylan Frye and Antwon Lillard each had 13 points with Frye adding 4 assists of his own while Lillard shot 5 of 8 with 3 triples. Jeffrey Uju added 10 points and a team-high 6 rebounds to round out the scoring in double figures for Bowling Green in the win. Demajeo Wiggins was held scoreless but added 6 rebounds of his own in the victory. Turner leads the Falcons with an average of 18.9 points and 3.8 assists per game while Wiggins leads Bowling Green in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 14.3 points to go along with his team-high average of 11.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Bowling Green is averaging 78.5 points per game on 45.4% shooting from the field, 34.7% from behind the 3-point line and 63.5% from the foul line this season.

The Central Michigan Chippewas will look to build on their 7-game winning streak after picking up an 88-86 overtime win over Akron last time out. Robert Montgomery led the Chippewas with 23 points on 10 of 17 shooting with 3 threes while Shawn Roundtree added 20 points on 8 of 15 shooting with a pair of triples. Larry Austin Jr. added 13 points, 11 assists and 6 rebounds for the double-double while Kevin McKay chipped in 11 points and David DiLeo added 10 points and a team-high 8 rebounds to round out the scoring in double figures for Central Michigan in the winning effort. Austin Jr. leads Central Michigan with an average of 18.2 points and 5.4 assists per game while McKay leads the Chippewas on the glass with 7.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Central Michigan is averaging the 8th-most points per game in the country, putting up 87.7 points per game on 47.8% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the arc and 64.7% from the foul line this season.

Bowling Green is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 conference games while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 games following a win. Central Michigan is 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 home games against a team with a road winning percentage below .400 while the over is 46-22-2 in their last 70 games overall. Bowling Green is 8-17 ATS in the last 25 meetings between these two teams and 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings between these two teams at Central Michigan.

This game pits two of the hottest teams in the MAC against each other so I can understand why this line is as close as it is. However, while Bowling Green has been solid ATS as of late and have been tough in conference dating back to last season, the fact is that the Falcons have had issues against Central Michigan for quite some time now and it doesn’t help that the Chippewas are one of the best offensive units in the country, and have scored at least 80 points in each of their 7 games during this winning streak. Bowling Green has hit 80 in 5 of 6 during their hot stretch, but I simply just trust the Chippewas more on offense and given that the line is so low, I’ll lay the bucket with Central Michigan to get the win and cover at home.

Pick:
Central Michigan -2.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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