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Eastern Michigan vs. Central Michigan - 1/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Michigan Chippewas (12-3) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (9-6)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm (EMU Convocation Center)

The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

We have some MAC-tion on the hardwood on Tuesday night, as the Central Michigan Chippewas take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles in a college basketball matchup. 

The Central Michigan Chippewas will be trying to bounce back after having their 4 game winning streak snapped with their first conference loss of the year, an 85-69 setback at the hands of Kent State in their last outing. Luke Meyer led the team with 15 points on 4 of 11 shooting with 3 threes, along with team-highs of 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Josh Kozinski came 2nd with 12 points on 4 of 10 from behind the arc, while Kevin McKay added 11 points with a pair of steals to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Chippewas in the loss. Cecil Williams added 4 points with a pair of steals and a pair of blocks as well in the winning effort for CMU. Williams still leads the team in scoring with 14.4 points per game, while DiLeo leads the team in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game and Shawn Roundtree is the team’s leading assist man with 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Central Michigan is scoring 78.3 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the arc and 80.7% from the foul line, the best free throw percentage in the country.

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Eastern Michigan vs. Central Michigan - 1/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Eastern Michigan Eagles will still be looking for their first conference win of the year after a 75-71 overtime loss to Bowling Green gave the Eagles their 4th loss in their last 5 games. Paul Jackson led the team with 21 points on 7 of 16 shooting with 3 triples and a team-high 5 assists. Tim Bond came 2nd with 16 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 3 threes of his own and a pair of blocks. Elijah Minnie came 3rd with 15 points along with 7 rebounds and a pair of steals, while James Thompson IV added 14 points with 14 rebounds and a pair of blocks for the double-double. Minnie leads the team in scoring with an average of 17 points per game, while Jackson leads the way in assists with 4.7 assists per game and Thompson IV is the team’s top rebounder with a double-double per game, averaging 15.7 points with a team-leading 11.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Eastern Michigan is scoring 76.1 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 69% from the foul line this season.

Central Michigan is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. Eastern Michigan is 5-16 ATS in their last 21 conference matchups and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games following a loss. Central Michigan is 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams at Eastern Michigan.

I know Eastern Michigan is at home and the Chippewas haven’t had any success against the Eagles as of late, however we are getting the team in much better form with points. Central Michigan has been solid ATS as of late, while Eastern Michigan has struggled ATS in conference, and I have this game being tight the whole way, and if this game comes down to free throws, I think it’s a good idea to back the best free throw shooting team in the country so give me Central Michigan and the points here.

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