Toledo Rockets vs Central Michigan Chippewas Prediction, 3/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toledo Rockets vs Central Michigan Chippewas
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Location: McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Toledo (-15.5)
The Central Michigan Chippewas (6-15) play the Toledo Rockets (19-6) at McGuirk Arena on Tuesday. Toledo opens this matchup as 15.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 159.
Toledo steps onto the hardwood with a record of 19-6 on the season. They average 81.1 pts per game (18th in college basketball) while hitting 45.7% from the floor. The Rockets are hitting 38.3% on shots from 3-point land (273 of 712) and 78.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Toledo is pulling down 37.9 boards per contest and is sitting with 416 assists for the season, which ranks 7th in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 11.3 times per game and as a group they are committing 15.1 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Rockets are forcing 12.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.3 personal fouls. The Rockets are allowing a shooting percentage of 42.0% (661 of 1,574) and they relinquish 37.1 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are 264th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 308 surrendered on the season. They are giving up 29.1% on shots from downtown while they are 207th in D-1 in PPG allowed (71.0).
The Toledo Rockets played the Western Michigan Broncos and took home the win by a score of 91-44 in their last contest. Toledo ended the game with a 54.5% field goal percentage (36 out of 66) and knocked down 13 of their 31 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Rockets made 6 of their 6 shots for a rate of 100.0%. Regarding rebounding, they collected a total of 45 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 21 dimes for this contest while creating 14 turnovers and getting 9 steals. When it comes to defense, Toledo allowed their opponent to shoot 28.8% from the floor on 17 out of 59 shooting. Western Michigan distributed 4 dimes and had 6 steals for this contest. Additionally, Western Michigan grabbed 29 boards (6 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Western Michigan ended up going 53.8% from the free throw line by knocking down 7 of their 13 attempts. They made 3 of their 26 shots from 3-point range.
Marreon Jackson is someone who was a contributor in the game. He racked up 22 points on 9 out of 17 shooting. He played for 29 minutes played and also snagged 8 rebounds. Jackson finished the game at 52.9% from the field and also totaled 8 assists. One more player that had an impact in the game for the Rockets was Spencer Littleson. He grabbed 2 rebounds in his 32 minutes on the basketball court. He shot 60.0% from the field for the matchup via 6-of-10 (17 points). When the game finished, Littleson totaled 1 assist.
Central Michigan has a win-loss record of 6-15 this year. Central Michigan has accounted for 1,611 pts so far this year (76.7 per contest) and they pull down 36.2 boards per game. The Chippewas are committing 16.9 fouls every game and they hit 65.9% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Chippewas are hitting on 44.8% from the floor, which ranks them 148th in the nation. Their rate of earning assists is at 10.9 times per contest (322nd in D-1) and they are giving up possession 13.9 times per game. The Chippewas defensively are ranked 336th in D-1 in points given up per game with 79.9. They are forcing their opponents into 14.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.8% from the floor (285th in college hoops). The Central Michigan defense allows 33.9% on 3-point attempts (184 of 542) and their opponents are knocking down 73.9% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 16.0 dimes and 38.8 boards every game, which is ranked 327th and 318th in the nation.
For their last game, the Central Michigan Chippewas went home defeated by a final of 97-91 when they faced the Ball State Cardinals. The Chippewas corralled 20 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards totaling 33 in the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while recording 10 steals in the game. The Cardinals committed 16 personal fouls for the game which got the Chippewas to the charity stripe for a total of 25 shots. They were able to make 17 of those for a rate of 68.0%. With respect to shooting from beyond the arc, Central Michigan made 10 out of their 27 tries (37.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Chippewas went 32 out of 67 from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.8%. The Chippewas permitted the Cardinals to bury 33 out of 59 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 55.9% in the matchup. They finished 48.1% from 3-point land by shooting 13 of 27 and walked away from this one shooting 18 out of 22 from the charity stripe (81.8%). Regarding rebounding, Central Michigan permitted Ball State to get 30 in all (8 on the offensive side).
Ralph Bissainthe ended up being a factor for the Chippewas in the matchup. He knocked down 8 out of 14 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 57.1%, and tallied 12 rebounds. Bissainthe scored 27 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood and totaled 2 assists in this game. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Central Michigan was Caleb Huffman. He ended up walking away with 4 dimes in his 38 minutes on the court, and he converted 9 out of 24 from the floor. Huffman ended the game having shot 37.5% from the floor in addition to earning 24 points and 5 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Toledo (-15.5)
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