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Toledo vs. Eastern Michigan - 3/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Eastern Michigan at Toledo
Date & Time Friday March 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Savage Arena
Toledo, OH
The Line
Toledo Rockets -9 -- Over/Under: 135
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Eastern Michigan Eagles will travel to Savage Arena to take on the Toledo Rockets this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles won their 2nd straight game and improved to 15-15 (9-8 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals, 68-61, this past Tuesday. Eastern Michigan was outstanding on the defensive end against the Cardinals and led throughout the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 36-24 lead. Eastern Michigan shot 49.0% from the field while holding Ball State to 38.5% shooting from the field and 23.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Eagles was James Thompson IV who had a double-double with 20 points, 23 rebounds, and a steal.

On the season, Eastern Michigan is averaging 70.1 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 30.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Michigan has been led by Paul Jackson (14.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Elijah Minnie (13.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.3 bpg), James Thompson IV (11.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg), and Boubacar Toure (9.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.4 bpg).

Defensively, Eastern Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 69.6 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 2.0 and a turnover margin of -0.1.

The Toledo Rockets won their 4th straight game and improved to 24-6 (12-5 MAC) on the season after defeating the Western Michigan Broncos, 76-57, this past Tuesday. Toledo dominated Western Michigan on both ends of the court and had no trouble picking up the victory after going into halftime with a 42-23 lead. Toledo shot 50.0% from the field and 45.0% from beyond the arc while holding Western Michigan to just 37.3% shooting from the field. Leading the way for the Rockets was Nate Navigato who had 17 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block.

On the season, Toledo is averaging 77.8 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Rockets are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Toledo has been led by Jaelan Sanford (15.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.1 apg), Nate Navigato (12.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg), Marreon Jackson (11.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.4 spg), and Luke Knapke (10.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 bpg).

Defensively, Toledo is holding their opponents to an average of 68.0 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Rockets have a rebound margin of 4.9 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

The Eagles are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games vs. MAC opponents. The Rockets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.

Eastern Michigan has won 4 of their last 5 games and come into this game ranked 252nd in scoring offense, T-134th in scoring defense, and 127th in defensive FG%.

Toledo has won 9 of their last 11 games and has been solid on both ends of the court this season as the Rockets rank 60th in scoring offense, 84th in scoring defense, and 31st in defensive FG%.

Eastern Michigan was able to defeat Toledo by a 76-69 margin at home earlier this season and has had the Rockets number as of late as the Eagles have won 3 of their last 4 match-ups agianst the Rockets. Toledo is the better team and has been solid at home this year, however, I like how the Eagles have looked as of late, which included an impressive 75-69 victory at Northern Illinois, and I think the Eagles will be able to do enough to keep this one within the number. Good Luck!

Pick:
Eastern Michigan Eagles +9

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