Chippewas vs. Bulls Prediction
The 23rd-ranked Buffalo Bulls will try and rebound from a loss their last game today when they host the Central Michigan Chippewas. Can Buffalo win by a large enough margin to cover the big spread?
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Alumni Arena at 3:30PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bulls are a 16-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 167 points. As of Saturday afternoon, 67 percent of public bets are siding with host Buffalo. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Chippewas crush rival Broncos
Central Michigan dominated at home last Saturday as it cruised to an 85-64 win over rival Western Michigan. The Chippewas (16-6, 5-4 Mid-American Conference) outscored the Broncos 46-29 in the second half after a close first half. Central Michigan shot 30-of-66 from the floor, 7-of-21 from the free throw line and 18-of-23 at the free throw line. Larry Austin Jr. paced CMU with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting plus 6-of-9 at the charity stripe. He also recorded 11 rebounds and five assists. Robert Montgomery tallied 16 points, four rebounds and two assists. Shawn Roundtree had 13 points, three rebounds and three assists. Dallas Morgan added 11 points, two boards and two steals off the bench.
Bulls outlasted at Falcons
Buffalo dropped to 19-3 overall and 7-2 in the MAC eight days ago with a 92-88 loss at Bowling Green. The Bulls were outscored 53-41 in the second half after leading by eight at halftime. Buffalo shot 31-of-64 from the field, 12-of-31 from 3-point distance and 14-of-19 at the free throw line. Dontay Caruthers paced the Bulls with 28 points off the bench on 8-of-9 shooting including 3-of-3 from 3-point range plus 9-of-11 at the free throw line. He also pulled down seven rebounds. CJ Massinburg contributed 26 points along with three rebounds and two assists. Nick Perkins added 10 points, six boards and two steals.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Chippewas are 0-3 ATS versus the Bulls the last three meetings. All four meetings have gone over the total the last three seasons.
The Bulls are 13-6 ATS in all lined games this season. Buffalo is 20-8 ATS with more than seven days of rest since 1997.
Central Michigan is fairly proficient on offense and is better defensively this season than it had been in recent years, so this is certainly no walk-through for the Bulls. Buffalo should be properly motivated following its loss last game, but this spread still seems a bit too wide. Looking for the Bulls to win, but I'm thinking the final margin will be closer than 16 points.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS +16