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Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Buffalo Bulls - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Buffalo Bulls (15-9) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (16-9)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (EMU Convocation Center)

The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Buffalo Bulls will travel to the Convocation Center (MI) to take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Buffalo Bulls dropped to 15-9 (6-6 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Central Michigan Chippewas, 75-74, this past Saturday. Buffalo shot 43.9% from the field and 27.3% (6-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulls was Xavier Ford who had 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 1 assist. Buffalo is ranked 68th in the RPI Standings and has played the 97th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulls have been led by Justin Moss (18.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 0.9 spg) and Shannon Evans (15.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.5 apg). Buffalo is averaging 74.5 ppg (ranked 32nd) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 159th). The Bulls are shooting 73.9% from the free-throw line (ranked 28th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.14 (ranked 94th).  Buffalo is holding their opponents to an average of 69.0 ppg (ranked 253rd) on 42.6% shooting (ranked 162nd). The Bulls are pulling down 37.29 total rpg (ranked 50th) and have a turnover margin of 2.3 (ranked 44th).

Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Buffalo Bulls - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Eastern Michigan Eagles improved to 16-9 (5-7 MAC) on the season after defeating the Akron Zips, 78-75, this past Saturday. Eastern Michigan shot 53.1% from the field and 50.0% (6-12) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was Raven Lee who had 32 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Eastern Michigan is ranked 156th in the RPI Standings and has played the 228th ranked SOS. On the season, the Eagles have been led by Raven Lee (16.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.7 spg) and Karrington Ward (11.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.3 bpg). Eastern Michigan is averaging 69.8 ppg (ranked 117th) on 41.0% shooting (ranked 282nd). The Eagles are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 162nd) and are committing 12.1 turnovers per game (ranked 110th).  Eastern Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 61.6 ppg (ranked 64th) on 36.6% shooting (ranked 5th).  The Eagles average 9.0 spg (ranked 7th) and are holding teams to 30.3% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 33rd).

The Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games however, just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win.

Buffalo has dropped their last three games and has been struggling on the defensive end as in those three games, they are giving up an average of 80.6 ppg. Eastern Michigan has won their last two games and has been strong at home as of late (5-0 in their last 5 home games). This is a real match-up against a strong offensive vs. a strong defensive. Buffalo has some great talent on their squad, however, I just can't back them at the moment until they can show me something on the defensive end. I think Eastern Michigan will slow down the Buffalo offensive e and that Raven Lee has a big game in this one. Take Eastern Michigan to cover this small spread. 

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Eastern Michigan Eagles -1

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