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#791 Eastern Michigan 121 vs.
#792 North Texas -9
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 4:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Saturday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Eastern Michigan Eagles and the North Texas Mean Green. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the UNT Coliseum.

Eastern Michigan Looks To Remain Undefeated

The Eastern Michigan Eagles have looked great so far this season. The Eagles have won each of their first three games of the season by double digits including a 13 point victory against Michigan Dearborn at home in their last game. In that game, Eastern Michigan's defense as great as it only allowed 59 points while forcing the opposition to commit 22 turnovers. However, Eastern Michigan's undefeated record is inflated as it has yet to face a division one opponent yet this season. That will change on Saturday as Eastern Michigan will get its first true test of the season on the road to see just how good this team truly is.

Leading the Eagles offensively is junior forward Ty Groce who has been great so far this season. He is averaging a team-high 17.0 points per game along with 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. In addition, he has also been extremely efficient as he is shooting 55.6% from the floor. Groce is the main cog in this offense and he has the ability to lead his team to its first road victory of the season on Saturday.

Eastern Michigan's most underrated player is freshman guard Chris James who has been extremely solid this season. He is averaging 12.5 points per game along with 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals. In addition, he has also been extremely efficient from the floor as he is shooting 57.1% from the floor and an insane 83.3% from the three-point line.

North Texas Continues To Struggle Offensively

The North Texas Mean Green have looked underwhelming up to this point in the season. North Texas has lost two of their first three games after losing their last game to Arkansas by 23 points. In that game, North Texas' offense was terrible as it only scored 43 points on just 33.3% shooting from the floor. However, that performance was not an anomaly as North Texas has struggled to score the ball all season long. Through three games, North Texas is averaging just 59.3 points per game which is unacceptable if it plans on becoming more competitive throughout the rest of the season.

Leading the Mean Green offensively is junior forward Zachary Simmonswho has looked pretty good this season. He is averaging a team-high 10.0 points per game along with 7.0 rebounds while shooting 52.0% from the floor. However, Simmons is the only player on the team scoring at least ten points per game so he has little to no help from his teammates offensively which might allow teams to bring an extra defender towards him in the future.

North Texas' most underrated player is senior guard DJ Draper who has looked pretty good this season. He is currently averaging 7.0 points per game while shooting 70.0% from the floor. In addition, he is also shooting an insane 70.0% from the three-point line as he has become the main sharpshooter on the active roster. With a team that struggles to put the ball in the basket on a regular basis, look for Draper to take more shots in the future.

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Even though North Texas is at home for this game, North Texas has looked awful up to this point while Eastern Michigan is still undefeated through three games. North Texas has one of the worst offenses in the country as of right now and it now has to face off against Eastern Michigan's unique 2-3 zone defense which is a recipe for disaster for the Mean Green. I think that North Texas will struggle to find any rhythm offensively as a result as Eastern Michigan will slowly build up a lead big enough to cover this point spread. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Eastern Michigan

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Based on the two defenses in this game, I have to take the under. Eastern Michigan is only allowing 50.0 points per game while North Texas is only allowing 55.0 points per game so I think that this total is way too high. Although Eastern Michigan has yet to play against a division one opponent yet, its zone defense is extremely tough to crack and North Texas has been terrible at shooting the ball, in general, this season which is a good recipe for the under. Plus, the pace of this game should be extremely slow as Eastern Michigan will use its zone defense to eliminate almost all transition opportunities which should result in less points. Give me the under.

Prediction: Under

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Due to Eastern Michigan's unique defense and North Texas' inability to shoot, I think that the Eagles should be able to open up a decent lead in the first half. Eastern Michigan has the ability to take any opponent out of its groove offensively and I think that North Texas will struggle to adjust early on as Eastern Michigan will score just enough points to cover this number in the first 20 minutes. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Eastern Michigan 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.