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Central Michigan vs Eastern Michigan Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Chippewas vs Eagles Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Central Michigan Chippewas at Eastern Michigan Eagles
- Where: Ypsilanti at Convocation Center (MI)
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Central Michigan +1, CMICH -103 | EMICH -119 O/U 147.5
The Central Michigan Chippewas head into today’s game in what will be their 15th game of the season, posting a record of 6-8. So far, the Chippewas have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 1-5. For the season, Central Michigan has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 1-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Chippewas being +1 point underdogs.
Brian Taylor comes into today’s game as the Chippewas’ leading scorer at 14.5 points per contest. Not only has Taylor been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Central Michigan’s top rebounder at 6.07 boards per contest. Behind Taylor, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jesse Zarzuela, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.67 points per game. Overall, he has hit 38.1% of his shots and is adding 2.5 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Central Michigan this season, as they are currently ranked 365th in college basketball at 65.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Chippewas’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.1%, placing them 240th in the NCAA.
Eastern Michigan will take the floor against the Chippewas with an overall record of 3-11. So far this season, Eastern Michigan has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 2-5. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Eagles as the -1 point favorites. The Eagles have been favored 2 times, going 0-2 straight up.
Eastern Michigan will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Emoni Bates who is averaging 20.31 points per game for the Eagles. Bates is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Eagles’ offensive game plan is the play of Noah Farrakhan who has hit 37.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.57 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Eastern Michigan this season, as they are currently ranked 260th in college basketball at 69.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Eagles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.8%, placing them 427th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Central Michigan Chippewas +1
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Eastern Michigan as the favorites with a line coming in at -1. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Central Michigan Chippewas to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Eastern Michigan at 6.32 made 3’s per game compared to Central Michigan at 7.73. Look for Central Michigan to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Eagles.