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Eastern Michigan vs. Western Michigan - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
EMU Convocation Center
Ypsilanti, MI
The Line
Eastern Michigan Eagles -10 -- O/U: 135.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan
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The Western Michigan Broncos and the Eastern Michigan Eagles meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the EMU Convocation Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Western Michigan Broncos come into this game looking to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games following an 84-79 overtime win over Miami-Ohio last time out. Kawanise Wilkins led the Broncos with 26 points on 10 of 13 shooting along with 7 rebounds while William Boyer-Richard added 16 points with 4 triples and Michael Flowers chipped in 14 points and a team-high 4 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Western Michigan in the win. Seth Dugan added 8 points with a team-high 10 rebounds as well in the victory. Flowers leads Western Michigan with an average of 16.2 points and 3.3 assists per game while Dugan leads the Broncos in rebounding with 9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Western Michigan is averaging 71.1 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the 3-point line and 69.1% from the foul line this season.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles will look to build some steam after picking up a 76-69 win over Toledo last time out. Elijah Minnie led the Eagles with 23 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 9 rebounds, a pair of blocks and a pair of steals while Paul Jackson added 19 points with a team-high 5 assists to match 5 steals. James Thompson IV chipped in 15 points with 6 rebounds and 3 blocks to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Eastern Michigan in the winning effort. Minnie leads Eastern Michigan in scoring with 14.3 points per game while Jackson leads the Eagles in assists with 4.7 assists per game and Thompson IV leads Eastern Michigan in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 10.6 points to go along with his team-leading 10.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Eastern Michigan is averaging 69.8 points per game on 45.2% shooting from the field, 30.2% from behind the arc and 64% from the foul line this season.

Western Michigan is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 21-7 in their last 28 games following a win. Eastern Michigan is 15-5 ATS in their last 20 conference games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Western Michigan is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Eastern Michigan.

Both of these teams have struggled to put forth consistent results as of late, so it’s tempting to consider Western Michigan and the points. However, Eastern Michigan just took down one of the MAC’s best in Toledo and already owns a 26-point win over the Broncos on the road this season, and while I’m not expecting the result to be as one-sided, I just see Eastern Michigan putting out another double-digit victory over their in-state rivals, so I’ll lay the points with the Eagles in this one.

Pick:
Eastern Michigan -10

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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