Central Michigan Chippewas (4-4) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Convocation Center)
The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles -5 -- Over/Under: 147 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Central Michigan Chippewas and the Eastern Michigan Eagles meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the EMU Convocation Center on Tuesday night.
The Central Michigan Chippewas come into this one will look to build on wins in four of their last five games following a 127-66 win over Oliver College last time out. Caleb Huffman led the way with 30 points on 12 of 16 shooting with a pair of steals and 3 assists while Ralph Bissanthe added 17 points on 5 of 8 shooting with 3 threes, 11 rebounds and 3 assists and Travon Broadway Jr. chipped in 15 points with a pair of triples, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Andre Polk and Meikkel Murray each had 13 points with Polk adding 13 rebounds for the double-double in addition to a perfect 5 of 5 shooting night from the floor while Murray added 9 rebounds with 3 assists. Malik Muhammad added 12 points on 5 of 5 shooting with 8 rebounds to cap off the scoring in double figures for CMU in the win while Devontae Lane added 4 assists as well in the victory for the Chippewas. Broadway Jr. leads the Chippewas in scoring with an average of 15 points per game while Murray leads the Chippewas in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game and Lane leads the Chippewas in assists with 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Central Michigan is averaging 82.9 points on 45.7% shooting fro the field, 36% from 3-point range and 67.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 74.4 points on 43.3% shooting from the field and 32.5% from 3-point range this season.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 94-65 win over Oliver College. Yeikson Montero led the Eagles with 25 points on 9 of 15 shooting with 7 threes, 5 rebounds and a team-high 5 steals while Bryce McBride added 17 points with 4 assists and 4 steals. Darion Spottsville and Drew Lowder each had 11 points with Spottsville adding 4 rebounds and a pair of steals while Lowder had 4 assists and 3 steals. Chris James chipped in 10 points with 3 steals to cap off the scoring in double figures for EMU in the win while James Love III added 8 points with a team-high 7 rebounds and Ty Groce added 8 points with 6 rebounds. Montero leads Eastern Michigan in scoring and rebounding with 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while McBride leads the Eagles in assists with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Eastern Michigan is averaging 82.5 points on 43.6% shooting from the field, 31.2% from 3-point range and 74.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.5 poitns on 45% shooting from the field and 34% from 3-point range this season.
Central Michigan is 4-9-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 1-5-2 ATS in their last 8 road games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games. Eastern Michigan is 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 home games against a team with a losing road record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. The underdog is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Neither of these two teams have really played much up to this point, so this game is really a coin flip. However, Central Michigan has a lot more game experience under their belts, playing twice as many games as EMU this season and this rivalry game has a history of being a prototypical rivalry game with the underdog having a lot of the recent success in this matchup. I’ll take my chances with the Chippewas and the points in this one.