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2018 MAC Basketball Preview: Ohio Bobcats at Central Michigan Chippewas

CMU has been one of the surprises this early basketball season

NCAA Basketball: Central Michigan at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Central Michigan Chippewas have been a mountain of a pleasant surprise early this basketball season as they enter conference play with an 11-2 mark. The Ohio Bobcats have had their ups and downs, with the highlight being a 4 overtime thriller over Indiana State.


Game Details

When: Tuesday, Jan. 2nd, 2018

Where: McGuirk Arena, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Watch: ESPN3 or stream via the WatchESPN app

Line: Central Michigan -2.5


Players to Watch

Teyvion Kirk, Ohio: The freshman is averaging 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per contest.

Mike Laster, Ohio: The 6’5 senior from Detroit is averaging 15.8 points per game.

Cecil Williams, CMU: Scoring 15.2 points per game on 51.9% shooting from the floor.

David DiLeo, CMU: The 6’7 sophomore is averaging 14 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.


Prediction

Ohio should keep it interesting, but in the end I think the Chippewas have too much depth going against a depleted Bobcats roster. The Chippewas win, 77-68.