Central Michigan Chippewas vs Buffalo Bulls Prediction, 1/26/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Central Michigan Chippewas vs Buffalo Bulls
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Location: Alumni Arena in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Central Michigan (+12)
The Buffalo Bulls (6-5) play the Central Michigan Chippewas (6-9) at Alumni Arena on Tuesday. Central Michigan opens this contest as 12-point underdogs. The O/U opens at 164.
Central Michigan will enter this contest with a mark of 6-9 on the year. They have an average of 78.9 points per outing (58th in the country) while shooting 45.0% from the floor. The Chippewas are shooting 33.5% on shots from 3-point land (93 of 278) and 64.7% from the charity stripe. As a team, Central Michigan is pulling down 38.9 boards per game and has accumulated 169 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 181st in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 13.7 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.6 fouls every game. On defense, the Chippewas are forcing 14.7 turnovers every game and they draw 20.4 personal fouls. The Chippewas are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 44.3% (425 of 960) and they relinquish 38.6 boards per contest as a unit. They currently rank 322nd in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 230 conceded on the campaign. They surrender 32.9% from 3-point land and they are 315th in the nation in points per game from their opponents (77.7).
The Central Michigan Chippewas took the court against the Akron Zips and ended up losing by a score of 81-67 in their last contest. Central Michigan finished having earned a 43.4% FG percentage (23 out of 53) and made 1 out of their 6 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Chippewas made 20 of their 25 attempts for a rate of 80.0%. Concerning rebounding, they earned 27 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 4 assists for this game as well as getting 5 steals and 5 blocked shots. In terms of defending, Central Michigan allowed their opponent to shoot 43.4% from the field on 23 out of 53 shooting. Akron distributed 18 dimes and had 5 steals in this matchup. On top of that, the Zips collected 31 rebounds (7 offensive, 24 defensive) and got 5 blocked shots. Akron shot 84.6% when shooting free throws by burying 11 of their 13 tries. They also made 12 of their 29 attempts from long range.
Meikkel Murray is a guy who was a major factor for this game. He ended up walking away with 23 points on 9 out of 15 shooting. He played 34 minutes played and totaled 3 boards. Murray finished the game at 60.0% from the floor and dished out 2 dimes. Another guy that was a major factor in this matchup for the Chippewas was Travon Broadway. He pulled down 6 boards and had 2 dimes. He shot 35.7% from the field for this game by going 5-of-14 (17 points). In all, Broadway saw the court for 37 minutes.
Buffalo has a mark of 6-5 for the season. Buffalo has accounted for 906 pts for the year (82.4 per contest) and they pull in 43.3 rebounds per contest. The Bulls commit 20.7 fouls per contest and they shoot 65.3% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bulls are connecting on 46.1% from the floor, which is 99th in D-1. Their rate of earning assists is at 16.0 times per game (55th in the nation) and they cough up possession 14.0 times per contest. The Bulls defensively are ranked 293rd in college basketball in points given up per game with 76.1. The Buffalo defense surrenders 27.3% on shots from 3-point land (59 of 216) and their opponents are knocking down 76.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 12.1 dimes and 37.6 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 120th and 279th in college hoops. They are forcing 13.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 41.1% from the field (89th in D-1).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Buffalo Bulls took home the win by a final score of 92-77 against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. The Bulls were able to snag 24 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 32 in the matchup. They also rejected 2 shots while recording 8 steals for the game. The Eagles committed 19 personal fouls for the contest which got the Bulls to the charity stripe for a total of 22 tries. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 72.7%. With respect to three-point shots, Buffalo made 8 out of their 20 tries (40.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Bulls finished 34 out of 55 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 61.8%. The Bulls permitted the Eagles to knock down 28 out of their 64 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 43.8% in this matchup. They shot 29.4% from beyond the arc by going 5 of 17 and finished the contest at 16 of 17 at the free throw line (94.1%). In reference to rebounding, Buffalo allowed Eastern Michigan to grab 24 in total (7 on the offensive glass).
Jeenathan Williams was important for the Bulls for this game. He buried 10 of 16 in the game for a rate of 62.5%, which gave him 24 points. Williams grabbed 6 rebounds in his 35 minutes played and tallied 5 assists for the contest. Another guy that was important for Buffalo was Ronaldo Segu. He walked away with 19 points in 32 minutes played via 5 out of 7 from the floor in this matchup. Segu ended up shooting 71.4% from the floor as well as collecting 2 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Buffalo (-12)
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