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Eastern Michigan vs. Miami (OH) - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami (OH) at Eastern Michigan
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Location
EMU Convocation Center
Ypsilanti, MI
The Line
Eastern Michigan Eagles -4.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Miami-Ohio RedHawks and the Eastern Michigan Eagles meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the EMU Convocation Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Miami-Ohio RedHawks will look to bounce back after suffering a 66-63 loss to Toledo in their last outing. Nike Sibande led the RedHawks with 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 3 threes while Bam Bowman came right behind with 5 triples as part of his 17-point performance and Darrian Ringo added 10 points and a team-high 4 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the RedHawks in the losing effort. Dalonte Brown added 7 points to match his 7 rebounds in addition to 3 steals as well in the loss for Miami-Ohio. Sibande leads Miami-Ohio in scoring with 16.3 points per game while Brown leads the RedHawks in rebounding with 5.3 boards per game and Ringo leads Miami-Ohio in assists with 5.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Miami-Ohio is averaging 72.9 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 34.4% from behind the 3-point line and 68.3% from the foul line this season.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles will look to rebound after dropping 4 of their last 5 games following an 86-82 loss to Central Michigan in their last outing. Paul Jackson led the Eagles with 21 points on 10 of 19 shooting with a team-high 4 assists while Kevin McAdoo added 20 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 3 threes and 3 steals. Elijah Minnie added 18 points with 3 triples and 3 blocks while Boubacar Toure contributed 14 points with 10 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double to finish off the scoring in double figures for Eastern Michigan in the loss. Minnie leads Eastern Michigan in scoring with 14.3 points per game while Jackson leads the Eagles in assists with 4.4 helpers per game and James Thompson IV leads Eastern Michigan in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 11 points and a team-leading 10.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Eastern Michigan is averaging 72 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field, 30.4% from behind the arc and 64.7% from the foul line this season.

Miami-Ohio is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 road games against a team with a home winning percentage above .600 while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 conference games. Eastern Michigan is 12-3 ATS in their last 15 conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 11-5 in their last 16 home games. Miami-Ohio is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams at Eastern Michigan.

I definitely understand why Eastern Michigan would be favored here, as the Eagles have killed it ATS dating back to last season when playing within the conference and have been solid ATS as of late. However, the Eagles have also dropped 4 of their last 5 games, and while Miami-Ohio is far from a world-beater, the RedHawks have a history of success in Eastern Michigan’s backyard. Miami-Ohio has also been pretty solid ATS on the road in all facets dating back to last year, so I’ll take a shot with Miami-Ohio and the points in this one.

Pick:
Miami-Ohio +4.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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