The Eastern Michigan Eagles (12-11, 2-8 MAC) can end a seven-game road losing streak when they take on the Central Michigan Chippewas (13-9, 6-3 MAC) at McGuirk Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.
Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Central Michigan Chippewas Odds Preview
In the Eagles’ last matchup, they lost a close one to the Akron Zips, 59-58. Eastern Michigan’s Boubacar Toure put up 14 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Akron had a much better turnover percentage (15.2 vs. 20.4). Eastern Michigan, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.474 (above their season average of 0.266).
The Chippewas are trying to rebound after their 65-60 loss to the Buffalo Bulls in their last outing. With 14 points and eight rebounds, Central Michigan’s Kevin McKay put together a solid performance. Buffalo had a better free throw rate (0.115 vs. 0.057). Central Michigan, meanwhile, forced the Bulls into a turnover percentage of 21.0 (above their season average of 16.0).
Based on historical performance heading into this one, ball protection could play a key role in this contest. Central Michigan commits the 25th-fewest miscues in the nation (turnover percentage of 16.4 percent), while the gambling defense of Eastern Michigan forces the ninth-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 25.6 percent). Also, the Eagles are among the country’s elite at getting to the line, ranking 45th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.273). The Chippewas, meanwhile, rank 27th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.170).
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after the Chippewas won both games last season. In the last matchup, Central Michigan won 77-66. The Chippewas played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 16.4 and a great effective field goal percentage of 0.571. For those same stats, the Eagles were 20.9 and 0.482, respectively.
Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Central Michigan Chippewas Free Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Central Michigan, ATS Winner – Central Michigan, O/U – Under
The Eagles rank 39th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while the Chippewas rank 118th (3.5).
Central Michigan ranks 210th in assists per game (11.9) while Eastern Michigan ranks 264th (9.7).
Central Michigan ranks 84th in three pointers attempted per game (24.0) while Eastern Michigan ranks 252nd in three pointers allowed per game (25.4).
The Chippewas rank 10th in steals per game (9.4) while the Eagles rank 157th in steals allowed per game (7.0).
Central Michigan averages 37.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 80th in the nation. Eastern Michigan ranks 187th in rebounds allowed per game (36.0).
The Chippewas’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.4, down from 5.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Eagles have scored an average of 62.4 points per game (2.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.6 points per game (0.2 below their season average).