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Eastern Michigan vs. Toledo - 2/20/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toledo Rockets (19-8) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (16-11)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm (EMU Convocation Center)

The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Toledo Rockets will travel to the Convocation Center to take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Toledo Rockets had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 19-8 (11-3 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Ball State Cardinals, 99-71, this past Saturday. Toledo had no answers on the defensive end against the Cardinals and couldn’t fight back after trailing by a 51-34 margin at halftime. Toledo allowed Ball State to shoot 50.8% from the field and 47.4% (9-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Rockets was Tre’Shaun Fletcher who had 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, Toledo is averaging 79.7 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Rockets are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 40.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Toledo has been led by Tre’Shaun Fletcher (18.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.1 apg), Jaelan Sanford (16.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.1 apg), Nate Navigato (12.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Luke Knapke (10.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.6 bpg). Defensively, Toledo is allowing their opponents to average 75.0 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Rockets have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of -2.3.

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Eastern Michigan vs. Toledo - 2/20/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Eastern Michigan Eagles won their 2nd straight game and improved to 16-11 (7-7 MAC) on the season after defeating the Central Michigan Chippewas, 72-67, this past Saturday. Eastern Michigan trailed for most of the game, however, was outstanding defensively down the stretch and secured the come from behind victory after closing out the game on a 16-9 run. Eastern Michigan held Central Michigan to 37.3% shooting from the field and outrebounded the Eagles by a 43-30 margin in the win. Leading the way for the Eagles was James Thompson IV who had a double-double with 22 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 blocks. On the season, Eastern Michigan is averaging 71.2 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 32.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Michigan has been led by Elijah Minnie (15.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.9 spg, 1.8 bpg), James Thompson IV (15.1 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 1.8 bpg), Paul Jackson (14.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.4 spg), and Tim Bond (9.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.4 spg, 1.3 bpg). Defensively, Eastern Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 67.6 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The Eagles are 9-21 ATS in their last 30 games vs. MAC opponents and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.

Toledo has won 11 of their last 13 games and has been led by their offense that ranks 54th in scoring offense, 80th in FG%, 21st in 3P-FG%, and 71st in FT%. Eastern Michigan has won 4 of their last 5 games and has been outstanding on the defensive end this season as the Eagles come into this matchup ranked 59th in scoring defense, 24th in defensive FG%, 4th in blocks per game, and 8th in steals per game. Eastern Michigan is 11-3 at home this season and as the Eagles have won 3 of their 4 games at home against the Rockets, I think the Eastern Michigan defense will be able to do enough to pick up the win in this one. 

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