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Columbia Lions vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles CIT Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/22/14

Eastern Michigan Eagles (22-14) at Columbia Lions (20-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Levien Gym)

The Line: Columbia Lions -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Eastern Michigan Eagles and the Columbia Lions face off on Saturday in CIT college basketball action.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles have won seven of their last nine games including a four point win over Norfolk State on Saturday. EMU is 5-11 on the road this season and 12-6 in non-conference games. Karrington Ward leads the Eagles averaging 12.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Mike Talley is averaging 10.3 points, Ray Lee is averaging 10.1 points, and Glenn Bryant is averaging 9.2 points. Eastern Michigan is averaging 65.8 points and they are shooting 40.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.4 points and they are shooting 36.6 percent. Eastern Michigan finished in sixth place in the MAC.

Columbia Lions vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles CIT Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/22/14

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The Columbia Lions won six of their last eight games and finished in a tie for third place in the Ivy League. Columbia is 13-3 at home and 14-6 in out of conference games. Alex Rosenberg is averaging 15.9 points per game to lead the Lions. Maodo Lo is averaging 14.5 points, Grant Mullins is averaging 11.7 points, and Cory Osetkowski is averaging 7.4 points. Columbia is averaging 68 points and they are shooting 44.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.2 points and their opponents are shooting 42.5 percent. The bulk of Columbia’s wins came against team with an RPI worse than 150.

Columbia is 7-3 against the spread at home against a team with a losing road record 6-20 against the spread following a game that they covered the spread, and 8-3 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage higher than .600. Eastern Michigan is 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games, 2-5 against the spread following a win, and 22-8-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread. 

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