The Ohio Bobcats (9-8, 1-3 MAC) will try to end a five-game road losing streak when they square off with the Eastern Michigan Eagles (10-7, 0-4 MAC) at Convocation Center. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
Ohio Bobcats at Eastern Michigan Eagles Betting Preview
The last time the Bobcats played, they lost a close one to the Buffalo Bulls, 76-73. Ohio’s Jason Preston finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the contest. Buffalo did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (11-14; 78.6 percent). Ohio, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (15.3 vs. 17.0).
The Eagles are trying to rebound after their 69-52 loss to the Ball State Cardinals in their last outing. With 12 points and five rebounds, Eastern Michigan’s Yeikson Montero played well. Ball State had a turnover percentage of 12.7 (better than their season average of 16.4). Eastern Michigan, meanwhile, had a much better free throw rate (0.264 vs. 0.148).
The physical Eastern Michigan offense could be living from the charity stripe in this showdown. The Eagles rank 42nd in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.273, while Ohio ranks 259th in FTA rate allowed (0.247).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Bobcats won 74-68. The Bobcats played a nearly flawless game. They had a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 28.6 and a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.580. For those same stats, the Eagles were 24.2 and 0.509, respectively. Jordan Dartis was the game’s top overall scorer with 26 points.
Ohio Bobcats at Eastern Michigan Eagles Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Eastern Michigan, ATS Winner – Eastern Michigan, O/U – Under
The Bobcats are 27th in the NCAA with 2.5 blocks allowed per game while the Eagles are 39th with 2.7 blocks allowed per game.
Ohio ranks 50th in assists per game (15.1) while Eastern Michigan ranks 233rd (10.7).
The Bobcats average 24.5 three pointers per game, which ranks 71st in the country. The Eagles rank 228th in three pointers allowed per game (24.9).
Eastern Michigan ranks first in steals per game (11.3) while Ohio ranks 135th (6.5).
The Eagles have been outscored by an average of 3.0 points in their last five games. For the season, Eastern Michigan has defeated opponents by an average of 2.6 points.
During their last five games, the Bobcats have scored an average of 68.2 points per game (3.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.4 points per game (4.6 above their season average).