Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs. Central Michigan Chippewas Free Prediction


Expect a fast-paced game when the Southern Utah Thunderbirds (4-2) travel to Central Michigan to play the Chippewas (7-2). Action begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 8, 2018.

Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs. Central Michigan Chippewas ATS Odds

Both teams easily got past their last opponent. The Chippewas defeated the Concordia (MI) Cardinals 98-67, while the Thunderbirds beat the West Coast Baptist Eagles 109-63.

Southern Utah played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 9.9 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3. For those same stats, West Coast Baptist was 32.0 and 17.1, respectively. Meanwhile, Central Michigan played a perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.308 and a turnover percentage of 13.1. Concordia (MI) was 0.092 and 22.6, respectively, for those same stats. Central Michigan was lifted by Kevin McKay, who put up 27 points and five rebounds. Dwayne Morgan played a key role for Southern Utah with 20 points and six rebounds.

The Thunderbirds won the lone contest between these two teams last year, 86-80. Southern Utah did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (21-24; 87.5 percent). Central Michigan, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (45.2 vs. 18.5).

There should be plenty of transition action in this battle that showcases a pair of the NCAA’s more up-tempo teams. Central Michigan ranks sixth in possessions per game (71.2) and Southern Utah is 42nd (73.4) dating back to last season.

Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs. Central Michigan Chippewas ATS Pick

Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Central Michigan, ATS Winner – Central Michigan, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Central Michigan ranks 27th in rebounds per game (36.9) while Southern Utah ranks 241st in rebounds allowed per game (36.9).
  • The Thunderbirds average 22.7 three pointers per game, which ranks 144th in the nation. The Chippewas rank 210th in three pointers allowed per game (25.0).
  • Central Michigan ranks 50th in assists allowed per game (13.2) while Southern Utah ranks 101st (12.4).
  • The Chippewas rank third in steals per game (7.1) while the Thunderbirds rank 149th (6.1).
  • Central Michigan ranks 47th in blocks per game (3.5) while Southern Utah ranks 164th (3.2).