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Eastern Michigan vs. Miami (Ohio) - 2/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (7-14) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (10-11)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (EMU Convocation Center)

The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Miami (OH) Redhawks will travel to the Convocation Center (MI) to take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Miami (OH) Redhawks snapped their 10-game losing streak and improved to 7-14 (1-7 MAC East) on the season after defeating the Northern Illinois Huskies, 72-59, this past Saturday. Miami (OH) used a 10-0 run midway through the 2nd half to take a 60-49 lead and was solid at the FT line late in the game to secure the victory. Miami (OH) shot 46.0% from the field and 47.6% (10-21) from beyond the arc. The Redhawks held the Huskies to 34.0% shooting from the field and outrebounded Northern Illinois by a 34-31 margin. Leading the way for Miami (OH) was Geovonie McKnight who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, the Redhawks have been led by Eric Washington (14.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.2 apg), Geovonie McKnight (13.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), and LJ Livingston (5.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg). Offensively, Miami (OH) is averaging 63.6 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field and 32.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Redhawks average 5.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.80. Defensively, Miami (OH) is holding their opponents to an average of 67.7 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Redhawks average 6.5 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 1.9.

Eastern Michigan vs. Miami (Ohio) - 2/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Eastern Michigan Eagles lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 10-11 (2-6 MAC West) on the season after being defeated by the Western Michigan Broncos, 94-86, this past Saturday. Eastern Michigan used a strong offensive 2nd half to fight back into the game after being down 41-24 at halftime, but couldn’t get enough defensive stops to get the win. Eastern Michigan shot 43.1% from the field and 88.0% (22-25) from the FT line. The Eagles allowed the Broncos to shoot 49.2% from the field and 71.4% (10-14) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Eastern Michigan was James Thompson IV who had a double-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, the Eagles have been led by James Thompson IV (15.6 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 1.5 bpg), Raven Lee (14.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.6 spg, 1.6 spg), and Willie Mangum IV (13.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, Eastern Michigan is averaging 78.6 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field and 29.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Eagles average 5.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.97. Defensively, Eastern Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 74.6 ppg on 41.3% shooting. The Eagles average 10.3 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 4.6.

The Redhawks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a winning home record however, just 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5

Tuesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Miami (OH) finally was able to pick up a win however, need to find ways to produce more offense as they rank just 329th in scoring offensive and 300th in FG%. Eastern Michigan has been able to put up some points on the board this season however have struggled defensively in the conference play as they’ve allowed MAC opponents to average 82.5 ppg. Eastern Michigan can cause turnovers however, Miami (OH) does a good job of protecting the ball and I think that the Redhawks defense helps keep this one within the large number. Take Miami (OH) and the points. 

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Miami (OH) Redhawks +8.5

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