The Central Michigan Chippewas (2-0) will be at home in McGuirk Arena when they take on the Sam Houston State Bearkats (1-1). Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
Sam Houston State Bearkats at Central Michigan Chippewas ATS Preview
In the Bearkats’ last outing, they lost to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 67-58. With 16 points on 8-for-20 shooting, Zach Nutall led Sam Houston State in scoring. Mississippi State had a much better free throw rate (0.348 vs. 0.062). Sam Houston State, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (14.1 vs. 28.9).
The Chippewas come in on a high note after thoroughly outplaying the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils in their last contest, 134-78. Central Michigan received a boost from David DiLeo, who was the game’s leading scorer with 30 points on 11-for-19 shooting. Central Michigan played a flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 5.2 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 43.1. For those same stats, Mississippi Valley State had marks of 22.3 and 17.4, respectively.
Ball protection could play a key role in this meeting. Dating back to last season, Central Michigan has committed the 23rd-fewest miscues in the nation (turnover percentage of 15.8 percent), while the pesky defense of Sam Houston State has forced the 28th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 22.3 percent). Furthermore, the Bearkats rank 318th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.187), while the Chippewas rank 39th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.189).
Sam Houston State at Central Michigan ATS Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Central Michigan, ATS Winner – Central Michigan, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Bearkats rank 15th in assists per game (16.7) while the Chippewas rank 148th (13.6).
Central Michigan ranks 20th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while Sam Houston State ranks 82nd (5.7).
Sam Houston State ranks 119th in rebounds allowed per game (34.2) while Central Michigan ranks 282nd (38.1).
The Bearkats rank 86th in blocks allowed per game (3.0) while the Chippewas rank 243rd (4.7).
Sam Houston State ranks 58th in three pointers attempted per game (25.4) while Central Michigan ranks 205th in three pointers allowed per game (23.2).