Eastern Michigan vs. Buffalo - 2/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Buffalo Bulls (14-8) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (11-10)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Convocation Center)
The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles +4 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Buffalo Bulls and the Eastern Michigan Eagles meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the EMU convocation Center on Tuesday night.
The Buffalo Bulls will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last four games following a 78-77 loss to Bowling Green last time out. Jayvon Graves led the Bulls with 24 points on 11 of 21 shooting with a pair of steals while Jeenathan Williams added 14 points with 6 rebounds and Josh Mballa added 12 points with a team-high 15 rebounds to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Buffalo in the losing effort. Brock Bertram and Davonta Jordan each had a team-high 7 rebounds with Jordan adding 9 points and 3 assists with 5 blocks. Graves leads Buffalo in scoring with an average of 16.8 points per game while Mballa leads the Bulls in rebounding with 9.5 rebounds per game and Jordan leads Buffalo in assists with 5.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 79.4 points per game on 44% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 65.2% from the foul line this season.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles will look to build on a 61-57 win over Toledo last time out. Yeikson Montero led the Eagles with 26 points on 9 of 12 shooting with 5 threes while Boubacar Toure added 12 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 16 rebounds for the double-double and Ty Groce added 10 points to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Eastern Michigan in the victory. Darion Spottsville added 5 points with 4 assists and 4 steals while Noah Morgan added 5 points with 3 steals. Groce leads Eastern Michigan in scoring with an average of 11.1 points per game while Toure leads the Eagles in rebounding with 9.2 rebounds per game and Spottsville leads Eastern Michigan in assists with 1.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Eastern Michigan is averaging 64.9 points per game on 41.7% shooting from the field, 28.8% from behind the 3-point line and 63.3% from the foul line this season.
Buffalo is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Eastern Michigan is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a home underdog while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
The points with Eastern Michigan as a dog are tempting, and It’s a bit strange that the line is so low for this game. However, Buffalo is simply the better team here with the higher ceiling offensively, with Eastern Michigan averaging just 59.9 points per game during conference play while Buffalo is tallying 77.2 points per game in conference. I just don’t see the Eagles being able to make up that gap even with some strong defense, so I’ll lay the points with the Bulls on the road in this one.