Central Michigan Chippewas vs Western Illinois Leathernecks Prediction, 12/6/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Central Michigan Chippewas vs Western Illinois Leathernecks
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Location: Western Hall in Macomb, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Central Michigan (-7.5)
The Central Michigan Chippewas (0-3) are headed to Western Hall on Sunday where they'll meet the Western Illinois Leathernecks (0-1). The odds on this matchup have Central Michigan as 7.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 156.
Central Michigan will take the court with a win-loss record of 0-3 for the campaign. The Chippewas are shooting 30.6% on 3-pointers (19 of 62) and 62.2% from the charity stripe. They average 73.7 pts per contest (163rd in Division 1) while hitting 40.2% from the floor. They are turning it over 13.3 times per contest and as a team they are committing 15.7 fouls per contest. As a unit, Central Michigan is snagging 32.7 rebounds per game and is sitting with 27 dimes this year, which ranks 203rd in the country in terms of passing. On defense, the Chippewas are able to force 16.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.3 personal fouls. The Chippewas defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 50.0% (97 of 194) and they relinquish 42.3 boards per game as a squad. They are 244th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 54 surrendered so far this year. They give up 39.5% on shots from downtown and they are 278th in the nation in opponents points per game (87.3).
The Central Michigan Chippewas faced the Flagler Saints and took a loss by a final of 92-73 in their last game. Central Michigan wrapped up the contest having earned a 40.0% field goal percentage (24 out of 60) and made 9 out of their 26 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Chippewas converted 16 of 24 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. When talking about rebounding, they collected 29 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 9 assists in this game in addition to getting 7 steals and 2 rejections. In regard to the defense, Central Michigan allowed the other team to shoot 40.0% from the floor on 24 out of 60. Flagler doled out 22 dimes and 7 steals in this matchup. Furthurmore, the Saints collected 33 rebounds (6 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Flagler finished shooting 90.0% from the free throw line by making 9 of 10 shots. They converted 7 out of their 24 attempts from long range.
Travon Broadway is one guy who had an impact in this matchup. He ended up with 17 points on 5 of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 30 mins and also pulled down 6 boards. Broadway shot 45.5% from the floor and dished out 2 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this contest for the Chippewas was Devontae Lane. He pulled down 2 rebounds and also earned 2 dimes. He ended up going 45.5% from the field in this contest by connecting on 5-of-11 (12 points). In all, Lane was on the court for 27 minutes.
Western Illinois has a win-loss record of 0-1 this year. Western Illinois has accounted for 58 pts for the campaign and they collect 44 rebounds per game. The Leathernecks have committed 23 personal fouls every game and they shoot 40.0% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Leathernecks are shooting 30.0% from the floor, which is ranked 353rd in Division 1. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 17 times per contest (62nd in the country) and they are turning it over 14 times per game. The Leathernecks on the defensive end are ranked 290th in D-1 in points allowed per game with 99. The Western Illinois defense surrenders 34.8% from downtown (8 of 23) and their opponents are knocking down 75.8% of their free throw shots. They surrender 25 assists and 57 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks 291st and 293rd in D-1. They are forcing their opponents into 11 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.1% from the floor (244th in D-1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Western Illinois Leathernecks went home defeated by a final of 99-58 when they faced the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Leathernecks were able to collect 25 defensive boards and 14 offensive boards for a total of 39 for the matchup. They rejected 5 tries while recording 6 steals in the game. The Hawkeyes were called for 17 fouls in the game which took the Leathernecks to the charity stripe for a total of 10 tries. They were able to convert 4 of those for a percentage of 40.0%. In relation to shots from downtown, Western Illinois made 6 of 31 tries (19.4%). In all, the Leathernecks went 24 out of 80 from the field which gave them a rate of 30.0%. The Leathernecks permitted the Hawkeyes to convert 33 of their 70 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 47.1% for the matchup. They went 34.8% from beyond the arc via 8 out of 23 and ended up shooting 25 of 33 at the free throw line (75.8%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Western Illinois permitted Iowa to collect 53 in total (11 offensive).
Rod Johnson ended up being a factor for the Leathernecks for the contest. He buried 4 of 12 for the game giving him a rate of 33.3%, which had him sitting at 11 points. Johnson totaled 10 boards in his 32 minutes played and had 2 dimes in this game. Another guy that played a role for Western Illinois was Tamell Pearson. He was able to score 12 points in 26 minutes on the hardwood via 6 of 13 from the floor for this contest. Pearson walked away from this one going 46.2% from the floor as well as contributing 2 assists and 6 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Western Illinois (+7.5) and over 156 points
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