Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/8/24

Central Michigan (17-13) vs Eastern Michigan (13-17)

Game Info: Friday, March 8, 2024 at 7:00 pm (McGuirk Arena)

Betting Odds: Central Michigan -10.5 -- Over/Under: 130.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Eastern Michigan Eagles will play the Central Michigan Chippewas in a MAC game on Friday night at McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Eastern Michigan has won three of their last four games, while Central Michigan has lost three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan prediction.

Eastern Michigan Preview

The Eastern Michigan Eagles are 13-17 (6-11) this season after they defeated Akron by a score of 61-60 in their last game. Eastern Michigan trailed 27-25 at halftime, but they out scored Akron 36-33 in the second half for the win. The Eagles shot 43.3% from the field and were +5 in rebounding margin in the game. Eastern Michigan lost to Miami (OH) by a score of 52-37 in the game prior to Akron, but did beat Western Michigan and Ball State before that. The Eagles are scoring 66.2 points per game with 34.4 rebounds per game and 10.3 assists per game, while allowing 72.9 points against per game this season. Tyson Acuff (questionable) is averaging 21.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. EMU is shooting 43.2% from the field, 66.8% on free throws, and 30.7% on three pointers this year. 

Central Michigan Preview

The Central Michigan Chippewas are 17-13 (11-6) this year after they defeated NIU by a score of 69-63 in their last game. Central Michigan led 32-28 at the half and they added 37 second half points in the win. The Chippewas shot 40.7% from the field and were -6 in rebounding margin in the game. Central Michigan had lost their previous three games against Kent State, Ball State, and Miami (OH). The Chippewas are scoring 66.9 points per game with 35.8 rebounds per game and 11.3 assists per game, while giving up 70.5 points against per game this year. Anthony Pritchard is averaging 13.1 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, and 4.6 assists per game. Central Michigan is shooting 42.7% from the field, 66.3% on free throws, and 30.4% on three pointers this season. 

Eastern Michigan vs Central Michigan Betting Prediction

Central Michigan comes into this matchup with an 11-6 conference record and they are fourth in the MAC standings, but they have lost three of their last four games. Eastern Michigan is only 6-11 in MAC play, but they have won three of their last four games, including a win over Akron. Both teams are scoring 66 points per game, but Central Michigan is the slightly better defensive team. CMU did beat Eastern by a score of 80-64 in their first meeting of the season and I think we see a similar result here. Eastern Michigan has played very well recently, but I think this is a let down spot for them after the big win over Akron. Take CMU here. 

David’s Pick Central Michigan -10.5

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