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Central Michigan Chippewas face Western Michigan Broncos: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Central Michigan ChippewasWestern Michigan Broncos
7-12February 01, 2014, 02:00 | University Arena11-8

Central Michigan pays a visit to Western Michigan on Saturday, hoping to send the Broncos to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at University Arena.

Western Michigan battles the Chippewas, currently sitting with a 7-12 mark (5-9-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 8-7 for the Broncos and 8-8 for the Chippewas.

View Central Michigan Chippewas vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Western Michigan in this one found them as -11.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Broncos sit at No. 235 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Chippewas sit at No. 251 on the same chart.

In their last action, Central Michigan was a 71-67 loser on the road against Ohio. They covered the 14-point spread as underdogs. Central Michigan got 19 points from Chris Fowler but lost anyway, 71-67, to Ohio on Wednesday at Ohio University Convocation Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Western Michigan's No. 175-ranked scoring average of 70.21 PPG, against a Chippewas defense rated No. 181 and allowing 71.95 PPG. The Broncos FG% has averaged 44.59% to date this season, more than the Chippewas shooters have managed so far (44.44% per game).

A few Chippewas at Broncos trends to consider:
Central Michigan is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Central Michigan is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Central Michigan's last 6 games
Central Michigan is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Western Michigan is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Western Michigan is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Western Michigan is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Western Michigan is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Central Michigan

Next up:
Central Michigan home to Kent State, Wednesday, February 5th
Western Michigan at Ohio, Wednesday, February 5th