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Central Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Eastern Michigan Eagles (15-11) at Central Michigan Chippewas (16-10)
Date & Time Saturday February 17, 2018, 4:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas -3.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN3
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NCAA BB | Eastern Michigan Eagles (15-11) at Central Michigan Chippewas (16-10)
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The Eastern Michigan Eagles and Central Michigan Chippewas meet Saturday in college basketball action at the McGuirk Arena.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles need a victory here after splitting their last 14 games. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are averaging 71.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Elijah Minnie is averaging 16 points and 1.2 assists while James Thompson IV is averaging 14.9 points and 12 rebounds. Paul Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Tim Bond is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.9 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game. The Eastern Michigan Eagles have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Central Michigan Chippewas also need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Central Michigan Chippewas are averaging 78.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 71.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Shawn Roundtree is averaging 15.2 points and 3.9 assists while Cecil Williams is averaging 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds. David DiLeo is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin McKay is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Central Michigan Chippewas are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Central Michigan Chippewas are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.4 rebounds per game. The Central Michigan Chippewas have lost four of their last five home games.

The Eagles are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games, 8-21 ATS in their last 29 vs. Mid-American and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win. The Chippewas are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Mid-American, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Eagles are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Central Michigan, 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

The Central Michigan Chippewas are a team that's hard to trust, as they're so up and down and play no defense. In fact, Central Michigan is allowing 50 percent shooting in its last five games. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are a solid defensive team and play in a lot of close games because of it. Eastern Michigan has also won five straight games against Central Michigan. I'll take the free bucket based on the history and the fact CMU isn't a team I'm trying to get behind.

Pick:
Eastern Michigan Eagles +3.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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