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Buffalo vs Central Michigan Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds
Bulls vs Chippewas Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Buffalo Bulls at Central Michigan Chippewas
- Where: Mount Pleasant at McGuirk Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds: Buffalo -3.5, BUF -176 | CMICH +143 O/U 146.5
Buffalo heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-8. So far, the Bulls have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 1-5. This season, Buffalo has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 2-2. For today’s contest, Buffalo has a betting line set -3.5 points in their favor.
Buffalo will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Curtis Jones who is averaging 14.88 points per game for the Bulls. Jones is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bulls’ offensive game plan is the play of Zid Powell who has hit 42.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.0 points per game.
Buffalo comes into today’s matchup vs Central Michigan, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.9 points per game. Through 16 games, they have hit 45.5% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Bulls have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 273rd in possessions per game.
Central Michigan heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 6-10. Currently, the Chippewas have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 5-3. So far, the Chippewas have been the underdog 10 times, going 1-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3.5 underdogs on the spread.
Brian Taylor comes into today’s game as the Chippewas’ leading scorer at 14.44 points per contest. Not only has Taylor been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Central Michigan’s top rebounder at 6.62 boards per contest. Behind Taylor, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jesse Zarzuela, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.67 points per game. Overall, he has hit 38.1% of his shots and is adding 2.5 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Central Michigan this season, as they are currently ranked 365th in college basketball at 65.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Chippewas’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.1%, placing them 240th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Central Michigan Chippewas +3.5
Heading into this matchup between the Buffalo Bulls and Central Michigan Chippewas we have a strong lean on taking the points with Central Michigan at +3.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Central Michigan to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Central Michigan Chippewas at +3.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.
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