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Eastern Michigan vs. Drexel - 11/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Drexel Dragons (0-0) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-0)
Date & Time Friday November 9, 2018, 11:00 AM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles -13.5 -- Over/Under:
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NCAA BB | Drexel Dragons (0-0) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-0)
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The Drexel Dragons kick off their college basketball season on the road with the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

The Drexel Dragons were well down the standings in the CAA in 2017-18 with a 9th place finish at 13-20. Drexel struggled defensively and were outscored 78.5-74.4 with opponents sinking shots at 46.2%.

The Dragons were not a strong offensive team a year ago so the transfer of leading scorer Tremaine Isabell with his 21 points and 7.5 rebounds is a blow. The Drexel back court is a strength with Kurk Lee and Troy Harper averaging 12.4 points and 10.1 points. Alihan Demir is the Dragons top big man at 6-9 with 10.7 points and 5.4 rebounds last season.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles enjoyed a strong 2017-18 campaign with a 22-13 record and a second place finish in the MAC West behind Toledo. Eastern Michigan averaged 71.7 points on 46.4% and gave up 66.8 points on just 40.4%.

The Eagles expect another good year with the majority of their contributors back including the top three scorers. Forward Elijah Minnie brings back a team high 16.8 points and 6.1 boards while center James Thompson IV averaged 14.5 points and 11. 2 rebounds followed by guard Paul Jackson with 14.9 points and 4.6 assists.

Drexel are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and Drexel  are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Mid-American. Under is 8-1 in EMU last 9 home games and EMU are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and under is 18-5 in EMU last 23 overall.

Eastern Michigan is going to challenge for the MAC title and they show us why here…

Pick:
Eastern Michigan -13.5

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