Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Buffalo Bulls Prediction, 1/21/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Buffalo Bulls
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Location: Alumni Arena in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Eastern Michigan (+11.5)
Alumni Arena is the venue where and the Buffalo Bulls (5-5) will take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-5) on Thursday. The spread on this matchup has Buffalo as 11.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 149.5.
Eastern Michigan enters this one with a win-loss record of 4-5 on the campaign. They currently have an average of 72.8 pts per contest (165th in the nation) while shooting 42.0% from the field. The Eagles are shooting 28.6% on 3-pointers (63 of 220) and 73.7% from the charity stripe. As a team, Eastern Michigan is pulling in 36.3 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 100 assists for the season, which ranks 303rd in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 13.2 times per game and as a group are committing 15.2 fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Eagles are able to force 17.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.4 personal fouls. They currently rank 181st in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 147 surrendered so far this season. The Eagles are giving up a FG percentage of 46.3% (243 of 525) and they concede 36.0 boards per contest as a squad. They are giving up 35.6% from 3-point land while they are 220th in the nation in PPG allowed (71.9).
The Eastern Michigan Eagles faced the Central Michigan Chippewas and went home with a loss by a final score of 75-64 in their last game. Eastern Michigan finished the game with a 36.4% FG percentage (24 of 66) and knocked down 3 out of their 24 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Eagles made 13 of their 13 shots for a rate of 100.0%. When discussing pulling down boards, they compiled 45 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 5 assists in the matchup as well as getting 6 steals and 2 blocks. In regard to defense, Eastern Michigan allowed 36.4% from the floor on 24 out of 66 shooting. Central Michigan recorded 13 assists and had 13 steals for the game. Moreover, the Chippewas snagged 34 rebounds (10 offensive, 24 defensive) and got 2 blocks. Central Michigan shot 40.9% from the free throw line by burying 9 of their 22 shots. They buried 8 out of their 20 tries from 3-point land.
Yeikson Montero is one guy who played a role for this game. He ended up scoring 19 points on 8 of 15 shooting. He played for 34 minutes and totaled 14 boards. Montero walked away from this one shooting 53.3% from the field and also totaled 2 dimes. An additional guy that played a role in this game for the Eagles was Miles Gibson. He totaled 11 boards and also had 2 assists. He finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor in the game by going 5-of-10 (12 points). Overall, Gibson saw the court for 27 min.
Buffalo has a mark of 5-5 on the season. The Bulls are committing 21.1 fouls every game and they go 64.4% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 14.9 times per game (94th in the nation) and they turn it over 13.7 times per contest. Buffalo has scored 814 points for the year (81.4 per game) and they pull down 44.2 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Bulls are shooting 44.8% from the floor, which is ranked 160th in college basketball. The Bulls are ranked 290th in college hoops in points given up per game with 76.0. They are forcing 12.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 40.9% from the field (86th in the nation). The Buffalo defense allows 27.1% on shots from beyond the arc (54 of 199) and their opponents are making 75.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 12.0 assists and 38.5 total boards per game, which has them ranked 115th and 298th in college hoops.
In their last game, the Buffalo Bulls walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 84-81 when they played the Kent State Golden Flashes. The Bulls earned 22 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive boards totaling 39 for the matchup. They also turned away 5 attempts while recording 8 steals in this contest. The Golden Flashes earned 17 fouls in the matchup which took the Bulls to the free throw line for 17 attempts. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw tries for a clip of 64.7%. With respect to shots from distance, Buffalo made 6 of 22 attempts (27.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Bulls finished 32 out of 73 from the field which had them shooting 43.8%. The Bulls permitted the Golden Flashes to bury 29 of 65 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 44.6% in the game. They wrapped up this game 36.4% from downtown by shooting 4 out of 11 and walked away from this one shooting 22 of 24 from the free throw line (91.7%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Buffalo permitted Kent State to pull down 36 overall (13 offensive).
Josh Mballa ended up being a factor for the Bulls for the game. He buried 7 out of 16 in the matchup for a rate of 43.8%, which had him sitting at 22 points. Mballa pulled down 6 boards in his 35 mins played and earned 2 dimes for the game. One more player who came through for Buffalo was Jeenathan Williams. He walked away with 20 points in his 35 minutes on the court by going 8 out of 19 shooting in this contest. Williams ended the game having shot 42.1% from the floor in addition to earning 2 assists and 8 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Eastern Michigan (+11.5)
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