Bowling Green meets Central Michigan on Saturday in MAC action. The Falcons are coming off an 82-63 home win over Ohio on Tuesday. The Chips edged Akron on Tuesday, 88-86 in overtime on Tuesday at home.
Falcons routh Bobcats after strong second half
Ohio was tied with Bowling Green at 30-30 at the half before the Falcons outscored them 52-33 in the second half. The Falcons went on a 33-12 run with 15 minutes left after being down 42-41. Justin Turner led the Falcons with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Michael Laster added 15 points off the bench in 24 minutes. The Falcons shot well, making 53.4 percent of their shots and 11-of-23 (47.8%) from 3-point range. They outrebounded the Bobcats by six and held them to 44.1 percent shooting.
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Turner leads Bowling Green in scoring with 18.9 points per game and 3.8 assists. Demajeo Wiggins is tops in rebounds with 11.9 per game and field goal percentage (52.6%). Bowling Green, who has won six straight games, has not lost since falling at Cleveland State on Dec. 5, 82-64.
On offense, they are averaging 78.5 points per game on 45.5 perpcent shooting (34.7% 3pt). They are allowing just 69.5 points per game on 39.7 percent shooting (35.5% 3pt). They are also outrebounding opponents by 14.4 per game.
Central Michigan also on fire
Something has to give. While Bowling Green has won six straight, the Chippewas have won seven in a row. Central Michigan had troubles against Akron, but found a way to win by two on Tuesday in overtime. Larry Austin Jr. converted a layup with 2.5 seconds left in overtime to garner the victory over the Zips. Robert Montgomery led the way with 23 points, while Shawn Roundtree added 20 points. Austin Jr. contributed 13 points and 11 assists with six rebounds in 43 minutes.
On the season, Austin Jr. leads the Chips with 18.2 points per game, 5.4 assists and 2.3 steals. The offense is one of the best in the nation right now. They average 87.7 points per game on 47.8 percent shooting (35.7% 3pt). They allow 75.1 points per game on 43.5 percent shooting (30.5% 3pt).
Central Michigan is:
- 17-8 ATS last 25 in this series.
- 10-4 ATS last 14 at home in this series.
Bowling Green is:
- 1-5 ATS last 6 road games.
- 4-0 Over last 4 vs. MAC.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Chips are 8-0 at home and the Falcons are 1-4 on the road. At home, Central Michigan averages 89.2 points per game and allow 75.2 points. This is a squad playing with tremendous confidence against a team that has played just one road game since Dec. 5. The streak will end for Bowling Green and continue for Central Michigan.
Prediction: Central Michigan
Full-Game Total Pick
This is going to be a shootout, with Central Michigan likely scoring in the 90s. Neither team is looking to slow it down. Both defenses allow over 70 points per game. Bowling Green struggles to defend the three (37%). They are 8-3 Over their last 11 at Central Michigan. The Chips are 4-0 Over their last 4 home games and 23-8 Over their last 31 after an ATS win.