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Central Michigan vs. Buffalo - 2/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo Bulls (17-6) at Central Michigan Chippewas (15-8)
Date & Time Tuesday February 6, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas +5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN3
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NCAA BB | Buffalo Bulls (17-6) at Central Michigan Chippewas (15-8)
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Over at McGuirk Arena on Tuesday, the Buffalo Bulls and the Central Michigan Chippewas will be meeting up on the college basketball court. 

Buffalo enters this game with a 17-6 record overall. The Bulls broke a nine-game win streak with a loss to Kent State but bounced back to beat Western Michigan in their last outing. In that one, Buffalo’s CJ Massinburg put up 26 points. 

Massinburg is also the leading scorer for Buffalo on the season, with 18.1 PPG and 7.5 RPG. Also in double-digits for the Bulls are Nick Perkins (16.3 PPG; 6.1 RPG), Wes Clark (14.1 PPG) and Jeremy Harris (13.9 PPG; 5.9 RPG). 

As for Central Michigan, they’re sitting at 15-8 on the season. The Chippewas have won their last two games, and took out Ohio in 2OT on Saturday. In that game, Central Michigan forward Cecil Williams put up 27 points. 

Shawn Roundtree is the top scorer for Central Michigan this season with 15.0 PPG, and Williams is second on 14.8 PPG and 6.5 RPG. David DiLeo (12.6 PPG; 7.5 RPG) and Luke Meyer (10.0 PPG; 5.7 RPG) are also in double-digits for the Chippewas. 

The Bulls are 7-1 ATS in their last eight Tuesday games and 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 road games. Buffalo is also 6-2-2 ATS in the last 10 overall and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS loss. 

Meanwhile, Central Michigan is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight-up win and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games. The Chippewas are also 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games versus a team with a winning straight-up record and 5-1 ATS in their last six home games versus a team with a winning road record. 

Buffalo had been on a pretty good run defensively during their win streak, allowing more than 69 points just once in a seven-game span. The Bulls have given up 168 combined points over their last two games, however. I think the Chippewas have enough offense to take advantage of that in a comfortable home game, so I’m taking Central Michigan to cover here.

Pick:
Central Michigan Chippewas +5

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