Planning on watching today’s Eagles and Zips game? Catch the action at James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, OH, as the Zips hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 133.5 points, and Akron is favored by -20.5 to win at home against Eastern Michigan.

EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES VS AKRON ZIPS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Eastern Michigan Eagles +20.5

This game will be played at James A. Rhodes Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, March 5th.

WHY BET THE EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Zips.
  • Even though we have Akron winning straight-up, we like Eastern Michigan at +20.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 133.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Does Eastern Michigan Have A Chance at James A. Rhodes Arena?

Eastern Michigan is 12-17 this season and 5-11 in Mid-American Conference play. On the road, the Eagles have gone 3-11, and they have an average scoring margin of -12.2 points per game.

As the underdog this season, Eastern Michigan is 7-15. In their last game, the Eagles lost to Miami (OH) by a score of 52-37.

Eastern Michigan’s ATS record this season is 13-13-1, and they are 6-7-1 vs. the spread on the road. As the underdog, the Eagles are 12-10 vs. the spread this season, and they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games as the underdog. On the road, Eastern Michigan is 5-5 vs. the spread in their last 10 games.

This season, the average over/under line in Eastern Michigan games is 143.9 and their over/under record is 11-15-1. Today’s over/under line of 133.5 is lower than the average scoring in their games this year (140.7). In their last three games, the average scoring total is just 113 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 0-3.

In their most recent game, the Eastern Michigan offense concluded with only 37 points against Miami (OH). Throughout the game, they made 3/19 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 32%. Tyson Acuff is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 21.7. Meanwhile, Arne Osojnik also brings a PPG average of 8.7 into the game.

On the defensive side, Eastern Michigan is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 73.3 points per game. In today’s game, the Eastern Michigan defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 3 three-pointers while giving up 52 points.

Can the Zips Hold Strong at Home?

As the favorite, Akron has gone 17-1 this season. At home, the Zips have been even better, going 11-1, including their last 10 games.

Overall, Akron has gone 21-8 this season, including a 13-3 mark in the Mid-American Conference. The Zips’ average scoring margin at home is +11.2 points per game, compared to +2.2 points per game on the road.

As the favorite this season, Akron has gone 10-8 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Zips have a 6-4 ATS mark. At home this year, Akron is 8-4 vs. the spread. Their ATS record at home over their last 10 games is 6-3.

So far this season, the over/under record for Akron games is 10-17, and today’s line of 133.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (141.6). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 148 points, and their OU record in those games is 2-1.

In their recent matchup, the Akron offense ended with 80 points against Northern Illinois. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 42.9% and made 9 threes. In terms of offense, the Zips have a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, putting them 151st in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 222nd in percentage and 95th in three-pointers made.

So far this season, the Akron defense has been performing well, ranking 27th in the country at 65.6 points allowed per contest. So far, the Akron defense is giving up an average of 7.2 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.4 times per game (451st).