Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
Central Michigan came through for us the other day at home getting past Toledo by a final of 96-88 and the Chips have been playing with a lot more fight and confidence as of late as they head into the thick of MAC play. CMU is the most dangerous offensive team in the conference when they’re playing up to their ceiling and the Chips love to push the pace of play ranking 7th in the nation in scoring average compared to 336th in total defense. Central Michigan has faced a tough opening slate to conference play and we expect the Chips to at least be a factor in the more wide open West division. CMU has the highest scoring backcourt in the nation with Keene and Rayson averaging 28.7 and 19.2 points per game respectively.
Ball State was a popular pick to win the MAC West coming into the year given the experience this roster has and the Cardinals haven’t quite lived up to that billing standing 11-6 overall and 2-2 in conference. Ball State is coming off one of their more impressive recent results getting past Buffalo on the road by a final of 92-77 and the Cardinals have been playing better as of late after opening MAC play with back to back losses coming against Kent State and Bowling Green. The Cardinals also don’t mind pushing the pace of play ranking 75th in the nation in scoring and 182nd in total defense. Ball State has three players averaging in double figures with Tayler Persons leading the way averaging 15.3 points per game.
Central Michigan has shown well on the offensive side of the ball in their last few outings and the Chips were finally able to break through and get a conference win in their last outing. We expect this to be another higher scoring game and with the CMU backcourt playing with confidence we like Central Michigan to keep things competitive as they go on to cover the spread.
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