Ohio Bobcats vs Central Michigan Chippewas Prediction, 2/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ohio Bobcats vs Central Michigan Chippewas
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Location: McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Ohio (-6.5)
The Central Michigan Chippewas (6-10) host the Ohio Bobcats (10-6) at McGuirk Arena on Tuesday. Ohio opens this matchup as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 157.
Ohio enters this matchup with a win-loss mark of 10-6 so far this season. The Bobcats are connecting on 35.4% on shots from distance (137 of 387) and 68.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 79.9 pts per game (38th in the country) while connecting on 48.2% from the floor. They are turning it over 11.7 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 16.4 fouls per game. As a team, Ohio is collecting 33.8 rebounds per game and is sitting with 285 dimes so far this year, which is 15th in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Bobcats are forcing their opponents into 14.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.5 personal fouls. The Bobcats defense is allowing a FG percentage of 45.3% (416 of 918) and they surrender 33.7 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They rank 303rd in the nation in allowing assists with 239 conceded on the season. They give up 35.8% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 254th in college basketball in points per game allowed (73.6).
The Ohio Bobcats played the Buffalo Bulls and walked away with a win by a score of 76-75 in their last game. Ohio ended having earned a 52.5% field goal percentage (31 out of 59) and converted 6 out of their 20 three-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Bobcats knocked down 8 of 12 tries for a rate of 66.7%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they earned 32 with 6 of them being offensive. They also distributed 14 assists in this game in addition to having 5 steals and 2 rejections. With regard to defending, Ohio allowed the other team to shoot 52.5% from the field on 31 out of 59 shooting. Buffalo dished out 14 dimes and had 11 steals in this game. Additionally, the Bulls pulled down 31 boards (11 offensive, 20 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Buffalo finished the contest at 65.0% from the charity stripe by converting 13 of their 20 tries. They also converted 8 of their 26 attempts from 3-point land.
Dwight Wilson is a player who was a factor in the matchup. He was able to score 21 points on 8 of 10 shooting. He was on the court for 37 mins played and pulled down 6 rebounds. Wilson finished the contest at 80.0% from the field and totaled 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Bobcats was Ben Roderick. He pulled down 4 rebounds and had 2 dimes. He shot 53.8% from the field in the game by shooting 7-of-13 (17 points). Overall, Roderick saw the court for 24 minutes.
Central Michigan has a win-loss record of 6-10 on the campaign. When it comes to executing on offense, the Chippewas are connecting on 45.0% from the floor, which ranks them 138th in D-1. Central Michigan has scored 1,259 pts so far this season (78.7 per game) and they collect 38.5 boards per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 11.3 times per game (299th in Division 1) and they are giving up possession 13.8 times per contest. The Chippewas have committed 17.7 personal fouls every game while shooting 64.2% from the free throw line. The Chippewas are ranked 319th in college basketball in PPG given up with 78.1. They have given up 15.6 assists and 38.9 rebounds per game, ranking them 310th and 315th in those categories. The Central Michigan defense allows 32.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (133 of 407) and opponents are connecting on 73.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They have forced 14.8 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.2% from the floor (228th in Division 1).
The last time they took the court, the Central Michigan Chippewas took a loss by a score of 83-76 when they faced the Kent State Golden Flashes. The Chippewas earned 26 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 33 for the game. They also rejected 3 attempts while recording 8 steals for this contest. The Golden Flashes committed 18 fouls in the game which got the Chippewas to the free throw line for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to make 9 of those for a rate of 52.9%. In reference to shooting from 3-point land, Central Michigan made 9 of 23 tries (39.1%). Overall, the Chippewas finished the game shooting 29 for 64 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.3%. The Chippewas allowed the Golden Flashes to knock down 28 of 66 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.4% in this game. They went 30.0% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 9 out of 30 and finished the game at 18 out of 21 from the free throw line (85.7%). In regard to rebounds, Central Michigan allowed Kent State to collect 42 overall (13 on the offensive glass).
Meikkel Murray ended up having an impact for the Chippewas for the matchup. He converted 11 of 16 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 68.8%, which gave him 26 points. Murray totaled 12 rebounds in his 34 mins and had 2 dimes in the game. An additional guy that was pivotal for Central Michigan was Devontae Lane. He ended up scoring 10 points in 37 minutes on the hardwood by going 4 of 8 from the floor for this contest. Lane walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor while also contributing 2 dimes and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Ohio (-6.5)
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