Western Michigan Broncos vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eastern Michigan Eagles (17-10) at Western Michigan Broncos (17-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm (University Arena)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Eastern Michigan Eagles will travel to University Arena (MI) to take on the Western Michigan Broncos this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles dropped to 17-11 (6-9 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Central Michigan Chippewas, 72-56, this past Tuesday. Eastern Michigan shot 42.2% from the field and 23.8% (5-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was Karrington Ward who had 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Eastern Michigan is ranked 159th in the RPI Standings and has played the 174th ranked SOS. On the season, the Eagles have been led by Raven Lee (15.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.5 apg) and Karrington Ward (12.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.4 bpg). Eastern Michigan is averaging 69.1 ppg (ranked 131st) on 10.9% shooting (ranked 289th). The Eagles are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 169th) and shoot 71.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 96th). Eastern Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 62.6 ppg (ranked 84th) on 37.2% shooting (ranked 5th). The Eagles average 8.6 spg (ranked 12th) and pull down 37.61 total rpg (ranked 42nd).
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The Western Michigan Broncos improved to 17-11 (8-7 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals, 53-48, this past Tuesday. Western Michigan shot 39.0% from the field and 23.1% (3-13) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Broncos was Connar Tava who had 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Western Michigan is ranked 113th in the RPI Standings and has played the 171st ranked SOS. On the season, the Broncos have been led by David Brown (15.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg) and Connar Tava (13.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.5 apg). Western Michigan is averaging 71.4 ppg (ranked 79th) on 46.3% shooting (ranked 62nd). The Broncos average 7.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 92nd) on 36.9% three-point shooting (ranked 68th). Western Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 69.2 ppg (ranked 258th) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 234th). The Broncos average 6.6 spg (ranked 137th) and have a turnover margin of 0.8 (ranked 120th).
The Eagles are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 vs. the MAC and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Broncos are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
Eastern Michigan's defensive couldn't stop the three-point shooting of Central Michigan and have now lost four of their last 7. Western Michigan struggled from the floor in a slow-paced game against Ball State but was able to pull a victory despite one of their lowest scoring efforts on the season. Eastern Michigan is known for their 2-3 zone defensive and although it can give teams fits, they seem to struggle a bit on the road and against teams that can extend the zone with three-point shooting. Although they struggled in their last game from beyond the arc, I feel that the Broncos will find their three-point shot and handle Eastern Michigan easily at home. Take Western Michigan to cover in this one.