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College basketball point spread favors Bulls in battle with Chippewas

Buffalo BullsCentral Michigan Chippewas
12-7February 08, 2014, 07:00 | McGuirk Arena8-13

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Central Michigan vs Buffalo battle Saturday at McGuirk Arena as the Chippewas look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Chippewas currently sports a 8-13 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-9-2 ATS. The Bulls are 12-7 and 10-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Chippewas produce a 10-8 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bulls have gone 9-6 against the number.

View Buffalo Bulls vs Central Michigan Chippewas Odds and Stats.

The Chippewas were listed as 6-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Chippewas sit at No. 282 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bulls sit at No. 72 on the same chart.

Buffalo was a 69-48 winner in their most recent outing at home against Ball State. They covered the 14.5-point spread as favorites. The Bulls blew out Ball State on Wednesday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 69-48 win at Alumni Arena.

Central Michigan was a 78-73 winner in their most recent outing at home against Kent State. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. The Chippewas got a 22-point performance from John Simons, who added 11 rebounds, as Central Michigan ran past Kent State 78-73 on Wednesday at McGuirk Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Central Michigan has the nation's No. 86-rated offensive output, at 74.33 PPG. The visiting Bulls defense ranks No. 56 allowing on average 65.89 PPG. The Chippewas FG% has averaged 44.19% so far, more than the Bulls marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.15% per game.

A few Bulls at Chippewas trends to consider:
Buffalo is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
Buffalo is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games
Buffalo is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Central Michigan is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Central Michigan is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Central Michigan's last 5 games
Central Michigan is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Buffalo

Next up:
Buffalo at Miami (Ohio), Wednesday, February 12th
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois, Wednesday, February 12th