Oakland Grizzlies vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/21/13
Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-3) at Oakland Grizzlies (3-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Athletics Center)
The Line: Oakland Grizzlies -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN Full Court
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies host the Eastern Michigan Eagles at the Athletics Center Arena.
I don't know how the rest of the season goes for Eastern Michigan but thus far thist has the look of an improved team with far more scoring then we've been accustomed to seeing. The Eagles ended a three game skid with a 67-58 decision over visiting Green Bay to improve to 6-3. The Eagles were in control from start to finish with a 29-18 lead after 20 minutes setting the tone.The EMU defense clamped down on the Phoenix with 35% shooting allowed while countering with 44% of their own with a 28-17 edge at the line being key. Ray Lee paced the attack with 17 points followed by a 13 point, seven pull night from Karrington Ward while DaShonte Riley and Mike Talley added eleven points.
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Oakland obviously hasn't gotten off to the greatest start but have sshown some signs they are far better then their 3-9 record leads us to believe. The Golden Grizzlies have been known for their score first mentality and they were at their best last time out in a 90-75 victory over Illinois State. Oakland broke open a tight game with a 50 second half explosion behind 55% accuracy an a +11 at the charity stripe. That was all they needed with the Redbirds held to 39% from the floor despite an impressive 15-36 from long range. Travis Bader led the offensive spree with 21 points and 11 rebounds with Corey Petros checking in with 18 points and 12 boards. Tommie McClune added 16 points and the duo of Duke Mondy and Kahlil Felder netted 12 points with a combined 13 pulls.
Oakland has regrouped and looked better as of late and need to be watched carefully. I think this is a game we see if Eastern Michigan is for real or not. A bad loss would not be a good sign...