Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Toledo Rockets - 3/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toledo Rockets (19-11) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (18-12)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm (EMU Convocation Center)
The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Toledo Rockets will travel to the Convocation Center (MI) to take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Toledo Rockets dropped to 19-11 (11-6 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Cental Michigan Chippewas, 85-77, this past Tuesday. Toledo shot 50.0% from the field and 35.7% (5-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Rockets was Julius Brown who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Toledo is ranked 73rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 97th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rockets have been led by Julius Brown (16.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.4 apg) and Justin Drummond (13.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.0 apg). Toledo is averaging 76.0 ppg (ranked 23rd) on 47.5% shooting (ranked 27th). The Rockets are shooting 74.7% from the free-throw line (ranked 24th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.12 (ranked 104th). Toledo is holding their opponents to an average of 70.5 ppg (ranked 279th on 43.7% shooting (ranked 212th). The Rockets average 17.0 personal fouls per game (ranked 78th) and have a rebound margin of 3.4 (ranked 78th).
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The Eastern Michigan Eagles improved to 18-12 (7-10 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals, 67-60, this past Tuesday. Eastern Michigan shot 47.8% from the field and 40.0% (6-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was Raven Lee who had 20 points, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Eastern Michigan is ranked 162nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 208th ranked SOS. On the season, the Eagles have been led by Raven Lee (16.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.5 spg) and Karrington Ward (12.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.4 bpg). Eastern Michigan is averaging 69.2 ppg (ranked 131st) on 41.2% shooting (ranked 276th). The Eagles are shooting 71.6% from the free-throw line (ranked 84th) and commit 12.3 turnovers per game (ranked 141st). Eastern Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 63.1 ppg (ranked 87th) on 37.7% shooting (ranked 6th). The Eagles are holding teams to 31.8% shooting form beyond the arc (ranked 61st) and average 8.7 spg (ranked 11th).
The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games however, just 6-16-1 ATS in their last 23 Friday games. The Eagles are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win.
Toledo lost a tough one against Central Michigan as they allowed the Chippewas to make 11 three-pointers and lost the turnover battle by a 13-6 margin. Eastern Michigan was able to use their great zone-defense to hold Ball State to just 26.3% (5-19) from beyond the arc in their victory. Toledo was able to handle Eastern Michigan easily on their home court earlier in the season as they shot 51.9% from the field en route to a 84-60 victory. The Home team has fared well in this match up over the past few years and I think Eastern Michigan will be able to make the defensive adjustments to do a better job against the Toledo offensive than they did in their first match-up. I'm going with Eastern Michigan and the point in this one.