PFW Mastodons (2-2) vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-3)
November 22, 2022 12:30 pm EDT
The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles +4.5 / PFW Mastodons -4.5; Over/Under: +152
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The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons and the Eastern Michigan Eagles meet in college basketball action from the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya on Tuesday.
The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons will look to rebound from a 60-52 loss at the hands of Northwestern in their last game. Bobby Planutis leads the Mastodons in scoring with 13.5 PPG along with 5.8 RPG while Jarred Godfrey has 13 PPG with 6.7 RPG and a team-high 5 APG to lead the Mastodons in the assist department up to this point in the year. Deonte Billups has 11.3 PPG with 4.3 RPG while Quinton Morton-Robertson also has 11 PPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for Purdue Fort Wayne up to this point in the season. Ra Kpedi also has a team-high 7.8 RPG to lead the Mastodons on the glass. As a team, Purdue Fort Wayne is averaging 75 PPG on 40.5% shooting from the field, 37% from three and 63.9% from the foul line this season.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles will hope to bounce back after a 3rd straight loss in the form of a 92-90 OT loss to Oakland in their last game. Emoni Bates leads the Eagles in scoring with 23 PPG along with 5 RPG while Noah Farrakhan has 13 PPG with 3.8 RPG and a team-high 3 APG to lead the Eagles in assists so far this year as the only other double-digit scorer for Eastern Michigan up to this point. Tyson Acuff also has 9.8 PPG with 4 RPG and 3 APG of his own and Orlando Lovejoy has 9.3 PPG. Legend Geeter also has a team-high 5.2 RPG to lead the Eagles on the glass so far this year. As a team, Eastern Michigan is averaging 77.3 PPG on 44.9% shooting from the field, 37% from three and 80% from the foul line this season.
Purdue Fort Wayne is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following an ATS win. Eastern Michigan is 3-15 ATS in their last 18 games following an ATS win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU win while the over is 14-3 in their last 17 games following an ATS win.
I get that anything can happen on a neutral floor and EMU does have some decent ATS numbers this season. However, Eastern Michigan’s still played three games away from home and has lost all three, including a demoralizing loss to Bradley and they’ve had serious defensive issues out of the gate. So has Purdue Fort Wayne in fairness, but they’ve at least shown more fight on the defensive end and should be able to find success against the Eagles’ defense. Not one I’m rushing to bet, but I’d back Purdue Fort Wayne here.