Bowling Green vs. Eastern Michigan - MAC Tournment - 3/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eastern Michigan Eagles (20-12) at Bowling Green Falcons (20-10)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 6:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Bowling Green Falcons -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - New York; Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - Ohio
The Eastern Michigan Eagles and Bowling Green Falcons will face off at Quicken Loans Arena in the MAC Tournament – 2nd Round this Wednesday evening.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles (20-12, 8-10 MAC), who are the 8th seed in the MAC tournament advanced to the 2nd round of the MAC tournament after defeating the Miami (OH) Redhawks 62-61 this past Monday. Eastern Michigan shot 40.0% from the field and forced Miami (OH) into committing 13 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was Raven Lee who had 19 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist. Eastern Michigan’s relies heavily on their impressive zone defense and although they allowed Miami (OH) shot 41.2% from the field and 43.8% from beyond the arc, they were able to generate enough turnovers for the victory. Eastern Michigan is ranked 146th in the RPI Standings and has played the 208th ranked SOS. Leading the way for the Eagles on the season have been Raven Lee (16.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.6 apg) and Karrington Ward (12.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.3 bpg). Eastern Michigan is averaging 69.4 ppg (ranked 121st) on 41.4% three-point shooting (ranked 275th). The Eagles average 6.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 164th) and shoot 71.3% from the free-throw line (ranked 95th). Eastern Michigan is holding their opponents to 62.9 ppg (ranked 83rd) on 37.6% shooting (ranked 6th). The Eagles average 4.6 bpg (ranked 50th) and 8.8 spg (ranked 10th).
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The Bowling Green Falcons (20-10, 11-7 MAC) earned the 5th seed in the conference tournament and advanced to the 2nd round of the MAC tournament with a 88-75 victory over the Ball State Cardinals on Monday night. Bowling green was able to shoot 54.9% from the field and 50.0% (9-18) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Falcons was Anthony Henderson who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Bowling Green has one of the better defensives in terms of opponent’s ppg and defensive FG% and although Ball State was able to shoot 50.0% from field, they were able to secure the victory. Bowling Green is ranked 102nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 246th ranked SOS. Leading the way for the Falcons on the season have been Richaun Holmes (14.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.7 bpg) and Jehvon Clarke (10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.5 apg). Bowling Green is averaging 66.7 ppg (ranked 191st) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 194th). The Falcons average 6.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 138th) and shoot 70.8% from the free-throw line (ranked 106th). Defensively, Bowling Green is holding their opponents to an average of 61.9 ppg (ranked 59th) on 41.0% shooting (ranked 83rd). The Falcons average 6.9 spg (ranked 97th) and have a turnover margin of 1.3 (ranked 89th).
The Eagles are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 neutrals site games. The Falcons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. the MAC and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win.
Bowling Green was able to defeat Eastern Michigan 74-58 at home in their only match-up of the season. Bowling Green was able to shoot 45.5% from the field and 44.0% (11-25) from beyond the arc in the victory. Although Bowling Green has been known as a defensive team all season, they’ve been in some high scoring affairs as of late as they’ve averaged 81 ppg in their last three games. Eastern Michigan has a great zone defense however, I feel that Bowling Green has the outside shooting that will be able to extend the zone to open up easier looks underneath. Eastern Michigan is just 4-9 on the road this season and I think Bowling Green offensive will be able to have success against the eagles and that they will win this ball game and cover this spread. Take Bowling Green to cover.