Chippewas vs. Bulls Prediction
The 18th-ranked Buffalo Bulls dominated their game yesterday and now face the Central Michigan Chippewas tonight in the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals. Will Buffalo win again as a double-digit favorite?
Friday, March 15, 2019
Quicken Loans Arena at 6:30PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bulls are a 12.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 164.5 points. As of Friday morning, 64 percent of public bets are being placed on Buffalo. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Chippewas race past Golden Flashes
Central Michigan downed Kent State by a final of 89-81 Thursday night in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals. The Chippewas (23-10) led 42-34 at halftime on their way to the win. Central Michigan shot 28-of-59 from the floor, 9-of-21 from 3-point range plus 24-of-31 at the free throw line. Larry Austin Jr. paced CMU with 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting plus 7-of-8 at the charity stripe. He also notched six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Shawn Roundtree contributed 20 points, four boards and two dimes. Kevin McKay added 10 points, 11 rebounds and two steals.
Bulls blast Zips
Buffalo won in blowout fashion Thursday night by a count of 85-46 over Akron in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals. The Bulls (29-3) led 38-21 at halftime and did not relent after the break. Buffalo shot 30-of-68 from the floor, 8-of-27 from 3-point range plus 14-of-24 at the free throw line. Jeremy Harris led the Bulls with 23 points on 10-of-16 from the floor including 2-of-5 from 3-point range plus 1-of-3 at the free throw line. He also contributed eight rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots. Jayvon Graves accounted for 13 points, five boards and three assists. Dontay Caruthers tallied 12 points, six rebounds and four steals off the bench. Nick Perkins registered 11 points and eight rebounds as a reserve. C.J. Massinburg added 10 points and nine rebounds.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Chippewas are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. Central Michigan is 18-7-1 ATS in its last 26 MAC games.
The Bulls are 19-6-2 ATS in their last 27 games overall. Buffalo is 1-4 ATS in its last five MAC games.
Central Michigan was actually up by eight at halftime at Buffalo earlier this season before turnovers and poor shooting turned the game around in the second half as Buffalo won 90-76. The Chippewas have the athletes and the offensive ability to stick with the Bulls for a while here on a neutral court. Considering they lost by 14 where Buffalo has not lost all season, I'm going to take the Chippewas to cover here in a neutral setting.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS +12.5