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Eastern Michigan vs. Western Michigan - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Michigan Broncos (13-7) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (13-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm (EMU Convocation Center)

The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Western Michigan Broncos and Eastern Michigan Eagles play Thursday at the Convocation Center.

The Western Michigan Broncos have won four of their last six games and play their 10th true road game. On the season, WMU is averaging 73.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting and is allowing 69.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting. David Brown is averaging 15.8 points and 3.8 rebounds while Connar Tava is averaging 14.3 points and 3.9 assists. Tucker Haymond is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Kellen McCormick is shooting 47.1 percent from the field. The Western Michigan Broncos have four players averaging double-digit points, and they’re shooting 68.6 percent from the line and 38.7 percent from deep. Defensively, WMU is allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 71 or more points in five of its last seven games. Austin Richie is questionable for this game.

Eastern Michigan vs. Western Michigan - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Eastern Michigan Eagles hope to get back on track after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, EMU is averaging 69 points on 40.3 percent shooting and is allowing 58.6 points on 35.1 percent shooting. Raven Lee is averaging 14.9 points and 1.6 assists while Karrington Ward is averaging 12.7 points and 6.6 rebounds. Mike Talley is dishing four assists and Anali Okoloji is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are allowing 29.6 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 65 or less points in eight of their last 10 games. Offensively, Eastern Michigan is shooting 71.4 percent from the line and 29.3 percent from beyond the arc.

The Broncos are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 Saturday games. The Eagles are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Broncos are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Eastern Michigan and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall. 

Neither team has been good against the number and they're not doing any better SU. With that being the case, I like the Eagles on their home court and their defense to get the job done. 

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Eastern Michigan Eagles -5.5

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