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Chippewas open as college hoops underdog vs Rockets

Toledo RocketsCentral Michigan Chippewas
24-5March 04, 2014, 07:00 | McGuirk Arena10-18

The Central Michigan Chippewas will try to cover the spread at McGuirk Arena on Tuesday when they get a visit from the Toledo Rockets in NCAA basketball action.

Central Michigan battles the Rockets, currently sitting with a 24-5 mark (10-13-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 15-10 for the Chippewas and 16-8 for the Rockets.

View Toledo Rockets vs Central Michigan Chippewas Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Rockets were listed as -7-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Chippewas rated this week at No. 186 and the Rockets sitting at No. 106.

Toledo was a 96-85 winner in their most recent outing at home against Western Michigan. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. The Rockets got a terrific 28-point effort from Justin Drummond as Toledo defeated Western Michigan 96-85 on Saturday at Savage Arena.

Central Michigan was a 74-71 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Ball State. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Central Michigan got 26 points from Chris Fowler on the way to a 74-71 loss against Ball State on Saturday at Worthen Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Rockets is ranked No. 74 in NCAA hoops at 36.48 per game. Contrast that with Central Michigan’s No. 231 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Central Michigan is the No. 21-ranked team in the country at 8.07 per game, while Toledo rates No. 183 at 5.41 per game.

A few Rockets at Chippewas trends to consider:
Toledo is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Toledo is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Toledo's last 12 games
Toledo is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Central Michigan is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Central Michigan is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Central Michigan's last 9 games
Central Michigan is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Toledo home to Eastern Michigan, Saturday, March 8th
Central Michigan at Western Michigan, Friday, March 7th