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Central Michigan vs. Ohio - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio at Central Michigan
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 4:30 PM (EST)
McGuirk Arena
Mt. Pleasant, MI
The Line
Central Michigan Chippewas -7.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5
TV Channel
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The Ohio Bobcats and the Central Michigan Chippewas meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the McGuirk Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Ohio Bobcats will look to rebound and get back to .500 on the year after a 4th straight defeat, coming in the form of a 66-57 loss to Eastern Michigan in their last outing. Teyvion Kirk and Jason Carter tied for the team-high with 18 points as the lone pair of Bobcats to score in double figures in the losing effort. Kirk shot 8 of 11 with a team-high 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Carter shot 7 for 17 from the floor with 4 boards and 4 assists of his own. Jason Preston had a team-high 5 assists while Doug Taylor added 6 points and 3 blocks in the losing effort. Carter leads Ohio in scoring with 16.3 points per game while Taylor leads the Bobcats on the glass with 7 rebounds per game and Preston leads Ohio in assists with 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Ohio is averaging 68.8 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 29.5% from behind the arc and 62.8% from the foul line this season.

The Central Michigan Chippewas will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 79-72 loss to Bowling Green in their last outing. Shawn Roundtree led the Chippewas with 20 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 3 threes while David DiLeo contributed 4 threes as part of his 15-point outing. Larry Austin Jr. added 13 points with 5 rebounds, a team-high 8 assists and 3 steals while Kevin McKay chipped in 12 points with 10 rebounds and a pair of steals to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for CMU with a double-double. Austin Jr. leads Central Michigan with an average of 17 points and 5.6 assists per game while McKay leads the Chippewas in rebounding with 7.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Central Michigan is averaging 83.8 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 66.7% from the foul line this season.

Ohio is 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games overall while the under is 10-4 in their last 14 conference games. Central Michigan is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 conference games. Ohio is 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

This feels like a lot of points to be giving up with a team that’s lost back-to-back games in Central Michigan, but the fact is that those losses came against a couple of the best teams in the conference in Buffalo and Bowling Green, while Ohio has lost 4 in a row to some far from convincing opposition. The Chippewas are still the better team in terms of the ATS trends and are outscoring the Bobcats by 15 points per game on the whole this season, so I’ll lay the points with Central Michigan in a game the Chippewas should win by double figures.

Central Michigan -7.5

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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