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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/7/13

Eastern Michigan Eagles (5-2) at Purdue Boilermakers (7-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm (Mackey Arena)

The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Eastern Michigan Eagles head to Mackey Arena where the Purdue Boilermakers await.

Eastern Michigan had been putting up plenty of points which is a bit out of character but the offense has been a bit tamer the past two times out. Unfortunately the defense struggled in both and the result is back to back defeats. The Eagles fell to Massachusetts 69-57 in a game they led by four at the break before the Minutemen turned up the pressure at both ends of the floor. UMass shot the ball a bit better at 43%-40% but that resulted in a few more makes that combined with a 14-7 edge at the line to secure the game. Daylen Harrison and Karrington Ward each scored eleven points and combined for nine boards with DaShonte Riley adding ten points and nine rebounds.

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction - 12/7/13

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I don't know where Purdue fits in the rugged Big Ten but we'll see soon enough. Their early season schedule has been peppered with some weaker teams which they have beaten to go along with losses to Wichita State and Oklahoma State. Boston College seemed like a team that would make the Boilermakers work for the win but instead it wasn't much of a game with BC falling by an 88-67 count. Purdue was up 15 by the half and were never challenged behind torid 52% shooting including 7-14 from down town. That was game over with BC held to 38% from the floor and giving the ball away 13 times with the better shooying team launching eleven more shots. Terone Johnson tossed in a game high 18 points with Ronnie Johnson next in line with 15 points and six helpers while Kendall Stephens netted eleven.

Honestly I don't think I'm a complete believer in Eastern Michigan and I don't see how Purdue doesn't win this. The Eagles have played well so I'm leaning the points and if they are for real they have a shot at a cover...

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