Eastern Michigan vs. Toledo - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toledo Rockets (22-10) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (21-11)
College Basketball: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Toledo Rockets -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Eastern Michigan Eagles and Toledo Rockets meet Friday in the college basketball MAC Tournament semifinals at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles look for another victory after beating Akron on Thursday. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are averaging 72.1 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 67.2 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Elijah Minnie is averaging 16.8 points and 1.2 assists while James Thompson IV is averaging 15.3 points and 11.5 rebounds. Paul Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Tim Bond is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The Eastern Michigan Eagles have played just one neutral site game this season.
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The Toledo Rockets look for another victory after beating Miami of Ohio on Thursday. The Toledo Rockets are averaging 80.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 75.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Tre'Shaun Fletcher is averaging 18.7 points and 4.5 assists while Jaelan Sanford is averaging 16.3 points and 3.5 rebounds. Nate Navigato is the third double-digit scorer and Luke Knapke is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Toledo Rockets are shooting 41.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Toledo Rockets are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The Toledo Rockets have played just one neutral site game this season.
The Eagles are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Mid-American, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Rockets are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 neutral site games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Mid-American and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Eagles are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings, the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles won both meetings this season against Toledo, but both games were so close that either contest could have gone either way. Both teams head into this game shooting above 50 percent in their last five games. The problem is the Toledo Rockets are the better and more consistent offensive team, so you can expect those numbers to continue, while Eastern Michigan is likely going to have a slight dropoff. I'll lay the bucket with the Rockets.