Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: Eastern Michigan (+19)
The Eastern Michigan Eagles (16-16 last season) go to Breslin Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the Michigan State Spartans (22-9 last year). Eastern Michigan opens this contest as 19-point dogs. The over/under is set at 137.5.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles faced the Kent State Golden Flashes and took a loss by a final of 86-76 in their last game of last year. Eastern Michigan ended the game having earned a 41.2% FG percentage (28 out of 68) and made 8 out of their 34 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Eagles knocked down 12 of 19 shots for a percentage of 63.2%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they earned 27 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 14 assists in this game in addition to getting 8 steals and 2 blocks. Regarding the defense, Eastern Michigan allowed the other team to go 41.2% from the floor via 28 of 68. Kent State distributed 21 assists and 5 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Golden Flashes pulled down 37 rebounds (9 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Kent State finished the contest at 90.9% when shooting free throws by burying 20 of their 22 attempts. They also buried 6 out of their 22 attempts from three-point range. Ty Groce is one player who played a role in this matchup. He accumulated 14 points on 4 out of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 40 minutes and grabbed 3 boards. Groce ended up shooting 28.6% from the floor and also totaled 5 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the game for the Eagles was Boubacar Toure. He snagged 13 rebounds and also totaled 3 assists. He finished 75.0% from the floor for the game by going 6-of-8 (14 points). When the final whistle blew, Toure played 32 minutes.
Eastern Michigan will take the court after finishing with a mark of 16-16 last season. The Eagles hit on 28.0% on shots from downtown (180 of 643) and 62.7% from the free throw line. They had an average of 64.9 points per game (320th in the country) while connecting on 42.6% from the field. They lost possession via turnover 14.3 times per game and as a group committed 17.0 fouls every game. As a group Eastern Michigan grabbed 33.9 boards per game and sat with 311 assists last season, which ranked 344th in D-1 in terms of passing. On the defensive end the Eagles were able to force 16.8 turnovers every game and they drew 18.8 personal fouls. They were ranked 294th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 455 conceded over the course of last season. The Eagles defensively gave up a shooting percentage of 41.1% (710 of 1,728) and they conceded 35.9 boards per game as a team. They surrendered 34.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they were ranked 35th in the nation in opponents PPG (64.1).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Michigan State Spartans took home the win by a final score of 80-69 when the played the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Spartans earned 25 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 34 for the game. They rejected 6 shots while recording 7 steals in this matchup. The Buckeyes committed 18 fouls in this contest which got the Spartans to the free throw line for 18 attempts. They were able to bury 14 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 77.8%. In reference to three-point shots, Michigan State converted 8 out of their 26 attempts (30.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Spartans ended up shooting 29 out of 60 from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.3%. The Spartans permitted the Buckeyes to knock down 24 of 53 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 45.3% for the contest. They went 31.3% from distance by connecting on 5 out of 16 and ended up shooting 16 of 19 from the free throw line (84.2%). When talking about how they rebounded, Michigan State permitted Ohio State to collect 26 in all (4 on the offensive glass). Cassius Winston pitched in for the Spartans for the contest. He made 10 of 14 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 71.4%, which got him 27 points. Winston pulled down 4 rebounds in his 39 mins played and accounted for 6 assists for this game. An additional guy that played a role for Michigan State was Aaron Henry. He totaled 12 points in 37 minutes played by way of 5 of 13 from the floor in this matchup. Henry walked away from this one going 38.5% from the floor as well as totaling 3 dimes and 3 total rebounds.
Michigan State had a win-loss mark of 22-9 last season. Michigan State accumulated 2,353 pts last season (75.9 per game) and they pulled in 40.6 rebounds per game. As an offensive team the Spartans connected on 46.1% from the floor, which ranked 53rd in college basketball. The Spartans committed 16.9 personal fouls per contest and they hit 75.0% from the charity stripe. They dished out assists 17.7 times per contest (2nd in the nation) and they coughed up possession 12.5 times per contest. The Spartans defensively were ranked 52nd in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 64.7. They forced their opponents into 11.0 TO's per game and let teams shoot 37.9% from the floor (4th in college basketball). The Michigan State defense from outside the perimeter gave up 28.7% on 3-point attempts (203 of 707) and their opponents knocked down 70.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They allowed 12.7 dimes and 33.1 total rebounds per game, ranking them 193rd and 86th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Eastern Michigan (+19)
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