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Kansas vs. Eastern Michigan - 12/29/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Eastern Michigan Eagles (6-6) at Kansas Jayhawks (10-1)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -22.5 -- Over/Under: 140
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The Eastern Michigan Eagles and the Kansas Jayhawks meet in college basketball action from Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles will look for some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games following a 90-72 win over subdivision Siena Heights in their last outing. Kevin McAdoo led the Eagles with 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 3 triples while James Thompaon IV added 17 points on 8 of 10 shooting with a game-high 16 rebounds. Paul Jackson added 13 points and a team-high 5 assists while Elijah Minnie, Ty Groce and Tariq Silver each had 10 points with Minnie adding 7 rebounds while Groce chipped in 4 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for the Eagles in the winning effort. Jackson leads the Eagles with an average of 12.6 points and 4.1 assists per game while Thompson IV leads Eastern Michigan in rebounding with 9.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Eastern Michigan is averaging 71.2 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field, 27.3% from behind the arc and 62.8% from the foul line this season.

The Kansas Jayhawks will look for a bounce back performance after suffering their first loss of the season coming in the form of an 80-76 defeat at the hands of Arizona State in their last outing. Dedric Lawson led the Jayhawks with 30 points on 12 of 15 shooting with 14 rebounds for the double-double while Lagerald Vick added 14 points with 3 threes and Devon Dotson added 12 points with a team-high 5 assists to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for KU in the losing effort. Lawson leads the Jayhawks by averaging a double-double per game with 20.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per game while Dotson leads Kansas in assists with 3 assists per game this season. As a team, Kansas is averaging 81.2 points per game on 48.2% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 68.8% from the foul line this season.

Eastern Michigan is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 23-8 in their last 31 games following a win. Kansas is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against the MAC and 33-16-3 ATS in their last 52 games following a loss while the over is 11-3-1 in their last 15 non-conference games. 

The points with Eastern Michigan look tempting on the surface given that this could be a hangover spot for the Jayhawks after their first loss of the year. However, I think Kansas comes out firing in this one, and Eastern Michigan may be in for a rough time, given the fact that the Eagles are 0-4 ATS on the road this season, losing all 4 games by double-digits with an average margin of defeat of 26.7 points per game this season, including losses to Duke where the Eagles scored just 46 points and a loss to Rutgers where EMU put up just 36. I think this game could be over by halftime so I’ll lay the points with Kansas in this spot. 

Pick:
Kansas -22.5

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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