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Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Central Michigan Chippewas - 3/10/14 MAC First Round

Central Michigan Chippewas (10-20) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (18-13)

College Basketball: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm (EMU Convocation Center)

The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Eastern Michigan Eagles will host the Central Michigan Chippewas in the first round of the MAC Tournament. The Eagles swept the regular season series, which included a 64-42 victory on February 26.

The Chippewas head into this matchup losing seven of their last nine games. They’re a fast-paced team that relies heavily on offense, but doesn’t play much defense. They average 69.9 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allow 75.8 points on 50.5 percent shooting. They’re also one of the worst rebounding teams in the country at 31.3 board per game. Chris Fowler is pretty much Mr. do everything for the team, averaging 17.7 points and 5.3 assists. The Chippewas are 10-15-2 ATS overall and 5-6-2 ATS on the road.

Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Central Michigan Chippewas - 3/10/14 MAC First Round

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The Eagles have won six of their last nine games, and they do much of their work on the defensive end. They allow just 63.1 points on 37.2 percent shooting from the field and 30.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc. They’ve allowed only two teams in their last 13 games to sniff 70 points. Offensively, they average 64.5 points on 39.8 percent shooting. They also shoot a poor 67 percent from the free throw line. The Eagles are 15-12 ATS overall and 8-5 ATS on their home court.

Not only is this a tournament game, but this is a rivalry that has produced several close games in the past. An insane seven of the last nine matchups between these two teams have been decided by six or less points. It’s important to note the Chippewas are 0-5 ATS in their last five meetings against the Eagles, but there is no better time to change that trend than now.

And while the Chippewas season has been a failure, eight of their last 11 losses were decided by single digits.

You have to like Central Michigan and the truckload of points it’s getting in a tournament matchup.

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