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Western Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
University Arena at Read Fieldhouse
Kalamazoo, MI
The Line
Eastern Michigan Eagles -1 -- Over/Under: 134.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Eastern Michigan Eagles and the Western Michigan Broncos meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the University Arena in Read Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles will look to snap their current 3-game losing streak after an 80-67 loss to Bowling Green in their last outing. James Thompson IV led the Eagles with 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes and 12 rebounds for the double-double while Kevin McAdoo added 13 points and Elijah Minnie chipped in 12 points with 6 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Boubacar Toure and Paul Jackson each had 11 points to finish off the scoring in double figures for Eastern Michigan in the losing effort. Minnie leads the Eagles in scoring with 13.2 points per game while Jackson leads Eastern Michigan in assists with 4.2 assists per game and James Thompson IV leads the Eagles in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 11.2 points and a team-high 10.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Eastern Michigan is averaging 70.3 points per game on 44.9% shooting from the field, 29.5% from 3-point range and 64.1% from the foul line this season.

The Western Michigan Broncos are in dire need of a win to snap a 6-game losing skid following an 81-76 loss to Ohio in their last outing. Michael Flowers led the Broncos with 24 points on 8 of 15 shooting with 6 threes, 4 assists and a pair of steals while Seth Dugan came right behind with 23 points on 9 of 14 shooting with 15 rebounds for the double-double. William Boyer-Richard added 12 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Western Michigan as well in the losing effort. Flowers leads Western Michigan with an average of 16.1 points and 3.6 assists per game while Dugan leads the Broncos in rebounding with 8.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Western Michigan is averaging 71.7 points per game on 42.8% shooting from the field, 32.7% from behind the 3-point line and 70.4% from the foul line this season.

Eastern Michigan is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 11-2 ATS in their last 13 conference games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games following a loss. Western Michigan is 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Eastern Michigan is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams at Western Michigan.

Neither one of these teams are ones I feel comfortable backing in their current form, and it’s hard to split them apart, but I guess that’s why the line is as low as it is. With that said, with the game almost being a pick ‘em, I try to factor in who is in better form, and while that’s Eastern Michigan between the two here, the Eagles have gone just 1-7 SU on the road this season. Western Michigan is a sub-.500 team at home, which is startling because home court is usually where you tend to do your best work, but the Broncos have had success in this matchup over recent years, both overall and at home, so I’ll take the free point with Western Michigan as I think the Broncos end their slide here.

Pick:
Western Michigan +1

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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