Toledo Rockets vs Eastern Michigan Eagles Prediction, 12/4/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toledo Rockets vs Eastern Michigan Eagles
Date: Friday, December 4, 2020
Location: Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Toledo (-3)
Convocation Center is the site where and the Eastern Michigan Eagles (0-1) will play the Toledo Rockets (2-2) on Friday. The odds on this matchup have Toledo as 3-point favorites. The total has been set at 138.
Toledo enters this one with a mark of 2-2 for the year. They average 70.5 points per game (177th in college basketball) while going 38.4% from the field. The Rockets are connecting on 42.5% on shots from downtown (45 of 106) and 76.1% from the free throw line. As a unit, Toledo is pulling in 40.0 boards per contest and has tallied 63 assists this season, which has them ranked 16th in college basketball in terms of passing. They turn it over 11.8 times per contest and as a group they are committing 14.8 fouls every game. On defense, the Rockets are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.3 personal fouls. They give up 22.2% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 71st in the country in points per game from their opponents (62.8). The Rockets defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 39.3% (94 of 239) and they surrender 38.8 boards per game as a basketball team. They are 222nd in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 44 surrendered so far this season.
The Toledo Rockets faced off with the Cleveland State Vikings and notched a win by a score of 70-61 in their last contest. Toledo ended with a 36.8% field goal percentage (21 of 57) and converted 8 of their 24 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Rockets made 20 of 25 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. When talking about grabbing boards, they earned 32 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 13 dimes in the matchup in addition to earning 9 steals and 2 blocks. When talking about defense, Toledo let their opponent shoot 36.8% from the field on 21 out of 57. Cleveland State earned 11 assists and 3 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Vikings grabbed 40 rebounds (13 offensive, 27 defensive) and earned 2 blocked shots. Cleveland State finished the game shooting 40.0% when shooting free throws by burying 2 of 5 tries. They converted 7 of 24 shots from distance.
Marreon Jackson is one player who saw a lot of minutes for the contest. He was able to score 14 points on 3 of 10 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 minutes played and also pulled down 5 rebounds. Jackson shot 30.0% from the floor and also recorded 5 dimes. Someone else that was a major factor in this contest for the Rockets was Setric Millner. He totaled 6 boards and also accumulated 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 42.9% from the field for the contest by going 6-of-14 (17 points). Overall, Millner was on the hardwood for 35 minutes.
Eastern Michigan has a record of 0-1 this year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Eagles are connecting on 40.6% from the floor, which ranks them 276th in the country. Eastern Michigan has accumulated 67 points for the campaign and they grab 29 boards per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 14 times per contest (130th in college hoops) and they lose possession via turnover 9 times per contest. The Eagles are responsible for committing 20 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 68.8% from the free throw line. The Eagles on the defensive end are ranked 249th in college basketball in points given up per game with 83.0. They surrender 27 dimes and 37 rebounds every game, which ranks them 284th and 172nd in college hoops. The Eastern Michigan defense allows 42.9% on shots from beyond the arc (12 of 28) and opponents are connecting on 68.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They have forced 18 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 54.5% from the floor (280th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Eastern Michigan Eagles took a loss by a score of 83-67 when they played the Michigan State Spartans. The Eagles were able to snag 17 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 25 in this game. They turned away 3 shots while recording 8 steals in this matchup. The Spartans committed 15 fouls for the game which took the Eagles to the charity stripe for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to convert 11 of those for a percentage of 68.8%. In terms of shooting from downtown, Eastern Michigan knocked down 4 of 21 attempts (19.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Eagles ended up shooting 26 out of 64 from the field which had them shooting 40.6%. The Eagles permitted the Spartans to make 30 out of their 55 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 54.5% for the game. They went 42.9% from three-point range by going 12 of 28 and finished the contest at 11 of 16 at the free throw line (68.8%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, Eastern Michigan permitted Michigan State to pull down 31 in total (5 offensive).
Ty Groce played a lot for the Eagles for this game. He converted 6 out of 13 in this matchup giving him a rate of 46.2%, which earned him 14 points. Groce had 3 boards in his 36 mins played and accounted for 2 dimes in the game. Another guy that ended up being a major factor for Eastern Michigan was Yeikson Montero. He notched 16 points in 31 minutes on the court by way of 7 of 11 from the floor for the game. Montero wrapped this one up going 63.6% from the field in addition to contributing 2 assists and 6 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toledo (-3)
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