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The Eastern Michigan Eagles will host the Ohio Bobcats in a battle at the bottom of the Mid-American Conference standings on Saturday. The Eagles and Bobcats will be playing for the second time this season, with the first match-up taking place in Athens, Ohio, on January 7th with the Bobcats defeating the Eagles 74-68.
Both teams were last in action on Tuesday. Ohio dropped to 1-3 in conference play after losing 76-73 at Buffalo. The Eastern Michigan Eagles fell to 0-4 in the MAC with a 69-52 to Ball State.
Bobcats dynamic duo falls short against BuffaloThe Ohio Bobcats have dropped four of their last five games, with the lone win coming against the same Eastern Michigan team that they will be facing on Saturday.
On Tuesday, Ohio could not hold-off the defending conference champion Buffalo Bulls and lost 76-73. The Bobcats received strong performances in a losing effort from Ben Vander Plas, who finished with 28 points and Jason Preston who had 27 points and 11 rebounds.
On the season, Preston has been the best player for the Bobcats with 16.1 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.1 rebounds per game. Vander Plas adds 15.2 points and leads the team with seven rebounds per contest.
As a team, Ohio averages 71.6 points per game and shots 35.6% from three-point range, which ranks 80th in the nation. Defensively the Bobcats are allowing 68.8 points per contest.
Eagles looking for first conference winThe Eastern Michigan Eagles have dropped five of their last six games after starting the season with a 9-2 record. The Eagles fell to 0-4 in the MAC after losing to Ball State 69-52 at home on Tuesday night. The Eagles struggled offensively, as they usually have this season, and went into half-time trailing 32-14. For the game, EMU shot 17 of 53 (32.1%) from the field and just 4 of 21 (19%) from three-point range.
The Eagles are holding opposing offenses to only 62.1 points per game, which is 42nd best in Division I. The Eagles are second in the nation averaging 10.2 steals per game.
On the season, Eastern Michigan is averaging 65.6 points per game, which ranks 307th in the country due to poor shooting from the field and free-throw line. Leading the Eagles in scoring is junior forward Ty Groce, who averages 11.2 points but only shots 38.8% from the field and 25.4% from three-point range.
- EMU is 1-5 ATS in last six games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Since defeating the Eagles earlier this month, Ohio has dropped back-to-back games by single digits against Bowling Green and Buffalo, who have been two of the better teams in the conference so far. Eastern Michigan has dropped both conference home games by 24 points to Akron and 17 points to Ball State. The Eagles are a mess offensively, while Ohio has two-players who can take over the game on the offensive end. Expect the Bobcats to complete the regular-season sweep on Saturday.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total number is not yet available, but with Eastern Michigan playing, I doubt this total will be set at more 130 points. After scoring just 14 points in the first half against Ball State, the Eagles have to come out with better focus offensively. The first meeting between these two teams went over the total by 15 points. I will take the over again.