Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Western Michigan Broncos Prediction, 3/5/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Western Michigan Broncos
Date: Friday, March 5, 2021
Location: University Arena (MI) in Kalamazoo, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Eastern Michigan (+2.5)
The Eastern Michigan Eagles (5-12) are headed to University Arena (MI) on Friday where they'll meet the Western Michigan Broncos (5-15). Western Michigan opens this game as 2.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 137.
Eastern Michigan enters this one with a mark of 5-12 for the campaign. They average 70.8 pts per game (196th in D-1) while connecting on 41.5% from the floor. The Eagles are connecting on 30.7% on three-point attempts (120 of 391) and 75.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, Eastern Michigan is grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game and has accounted for 190 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 317th in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.6 times per contest and as a group are committing 15.2 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Eagles are forcing 15.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.5 personal fouls. They are 241st in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 306 surrendered so far this season. The Eagles defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 47.9% (481 of 1,005) and they relinquish 37.6 rebounds per contest as a team. They concede 37.2% on 3-point attempts while they are 300th in the nation in opponents PPG (76.4).
The Eastern Michigan Eagles faced the Ball State Cardinals and went home with a loss by a final score of 100-65 in their last game. Eastern Michigan finished with a 36.7% field goal percentage (22 of 60) and made 8 of 26 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Eagles knocked down 13 of their 21 shots for a rate of 61.9%. In the matter of hauling in boards, they earned 26 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 11 assists in the matchup while creating 10 turnovers and having 4 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Eastern Michigan allowed the other team to go 52.1% from the floor on 37 of 71 shooting. Ball State earned 22 assists and had 6 steals for this game. On top of that, Ball State grabbed 44 boards (13 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Ball State finished 93.8% from the charity stripe by knocking down 15 of 16 attempts. They made 11 of 30 attempts from beyond the arc.
Ty Groce is a guy who was a factor in the matchup. He accounted for 21 points on 6 of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 39 mins played and collected 7 boards. Groce finished 42.9% from the floor and also distributed 2 assists. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Eagles was Noah Morgan. He pulled down 5 rebounds in 40 minutes played on the night. He ended up shooting 35.7% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 5-of-14 (12 points). At the conclusion of this game, Morgan totaled 5 assists.
Western Michigan has a mark of 5-15 for the year. The Broncos commit 16.5 fouls every game and they connect on 64.3% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 11.6 times per game (294th in college basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.6 times per contest. Western Michigan has accumulated 1,262 pts on the year (63.1 per contest) and they average 33.6 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Broncos are connecting on 43.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 235th in college hoops. The Broncos on the defensive side of the court are 238th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 72.4. They are able to force 10.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.4% from the field (182nd in D-1). The Western Michigan defense gives up 31.1% on 3-point shots (148 of 476) and opponents are making 73.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 11.2 dimes and 36.7 rebounds every game, which is 54th and 254th in college basketball.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Western Michigan Broncos walked away with a victory by a final of 73-63 against the Northern Illinois Huskies. The Broncos snagged 30 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 37 in this game. They also turned it over 18 times, while earning 4 steals for this contest. The Huskies committed 15 personal fouls in the game which got the Broncos to the charity stripe for 15 attempts. They were able to make 12 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 80.0%. In regard to shots from distance, Western Michigan made 11 of 21 attempts (52.4%). In all, the Broncos ended up going 25 for 47 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 53.2%. The Broncos permitted the Huskies to knock down 26 out of their 70 attempts from the field which left them shooting 37.1% for this game. They finished 33.3% from 3-point land by going 7 of 21 and finished the contest at 4 out of 13 from the free throw line (30.8%). In regard to how they cleaned up the glass, Western Michigan allowed Northern Illinois to collect 31 in total (14 offensive).
B. Artis White was important for the Broncos for this game. He buried 5 of 6 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 83.3%, and had 7 rebounds. White tallied 15 points in his 28 mins on the court and had 1 assist in the matchup. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Western Michigan was Adrian Martin. He came away with no assists in his 26 mins on the court, and he knocked down 4 of 7 from the floor. Martin ended the game having shot 57.1% from the floor as well as earning 13 points and 4 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Eastern Michigan (+2.5) and under 137 points
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