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Eastern Michigan vs. Bowling Green - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Bowling Green Falcons (9-5) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (9-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm (EMU Convocation Center)

The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles -10 -- Over/Under: 151 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

We have some MAC-tion on tap Saturday afternoon, as the Bowling Green Falcons take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles in a college basketball matchup.

The Bowling Green Falcons will look to bounce back after starting their conference schedule on a low note after falling to Miami-Ohio in their last outing by a final score of 77-72. Demajeo Wiggins led the team with 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting with a share of the team-high with 5 rebounds. Antwon Gillard came 2nd with 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes and 5 rebounds of his own, while Daeqwon Plowden added 11 points and Justin Turner chipped in 10 points with 3 steals to round out the scoring in double figures for the Falcons in the loss. Derek Koch added 6 points with 5 boards and a pair of steals while Rodrick Caldwell chipped in 6 points and a team-high 3 assists. Turner leads the team in scoring with an average of 16.3 points per game, while Wiggins leads the team in rebounding with 8.4 rebounds per game and Caldwell leads the team in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Bowling Green is scoring 81.6 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 37.7% from behind the arc and 72.5% from the foul line this season.

Eastern Michigan vs. Bowling Green - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Eastern Michigan Eagles will also look to bounce back after dropping their conference opener, a 72-62 setback at the hands of Ball State in their last outing. Elijah Minnie led the team with 25 points on 10 of 22 shooting with 4 threes, 4 steals and 3 blocks, while Paul Jackson added 14 points and a team-high 4 assists as the lone pair of Eagles to finish in double figures scoring in the loss. James Thompson IV and Tim Bond each added a team-high 8 rebounds in the losing effort for EMU. Minnie leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.1 points per game, while Jackson leads the way with 4.6 assists per game and James Thompson IV is averaging a double-double per game with 15.8 points in addition to a team-high 11.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Eastern Michigan is scoring 76.5 points per game on 47.2% from the field, 32.9% from behind the arc and 68.7% from the foul line this season. 

Bowling Green is 9-26 ATS in their last 35 games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 road games. Eastern Michigan is 3-14 ATS in their last 17 conference matchups and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Bowling Green is 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings between these two teams.

Bowling Green hasn’t done well in terms of playing high-level competition, but it’s not like Eastern Michigan has been killing the spread when they play in conference. As a matter of fact, you’ll see the trend that they’ve only covered in 3 of their last 17 conference matchups, so I’ll take a shot with Bowling Green and the points as I think these two teams are more even than the line would suggest. 

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