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Ohio vs Eastern Michigan Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 31st Betting Odds
Bobcats vs Eagles Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Ohio Bobcats at Eastern Michigan Eagles
- Where: Ypsilanti at Convocation Center (MI)
- Date: Tuesday, January 31st
- Betting Odds: Ohio -8, OHIO -373 | EMICH +285 O/U 155.0
The Ohio Bobcats head into today’s game in what will be their 22nd game of the season, posting a record of 11-10. On the road, the Bobcats will be playing their 10th game of the season, having gone 2-8. So far, the Bobcats have been favored 11 times, going 8-3 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Ohio as -8 point favorites.
Dwight Wilson comes into today’s game as the Bobcats’ leading scorer at 15.45 points per contest. Not only has Wilson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Ohio’s top rebounder at 9.65 boards per contest. Behind Wilson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Miles Brown, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.81 points per game. Overall, he has hit 47.2% of his shots and is adding 3.14 boards per game.
On offense, Ohio is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 21 games, they have only hit 34.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 45.53% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Eastern Michigan will take the floor against the Bobcats with an overall record of 5-16. So far this season, Eastern Michigan has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-7. For the season, Eastern Michigan has been the underdog in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 3-13. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Eagles being +8 point underdogs.
Eastern Michigan will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Emoni Bates who is averaging 20.35 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 42.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.19 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: Eastern Michigan Eagles +8
Our analysis of the game between the Eastern Michigan Eagles and Ohio Bobcats suggests that Eastern Michigan will cover the spread as +8 point underdogs. We believe the spread for this matchup is set too high, providing an opportunity for Eastern Michigan to cover. Even if they are behind for most of the game, the Eagles have a good chance of keeping the final score closer than expected. In these types of situations, the better team’s pace of play can be crucial in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams are close to the NCAA average in possessions per game, Eastern Michigan won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Based on our model, we recommend betting on the Eastern Michigan Eagles at +8.