The Eastern Michigan Eagles will host the Valparaiso Crusaders in non-conference action Tuesday night from the Convocation Center. The Crusaders recorded an easy 98-71 win against Trinity IL in their latest action, and the Eagles were handled 77-56 against UC Irvine on Saturday night. This marks the first meeting between these schools since 2010.
Valparaiso Defeats NAIA Member Trinity Illinois
The Valparaiso Crusaders are a work in progress right now. They are playing poor defense which has led to a loss in two out of their last three games. The Crusaders got back on track with a 98-71 win against NAIA member Trinity Illinois in their previous action.
Watch for Javon Freeman-Liberty in this one. The sophomore guard is having a spectacular season, sporting an average of 22 points on 48% shooting to go along with 6.3 rebounds. Freeman-Liberty has eclipsed 20 points five times this season. Ryan Fazekas has missed the last six games due to injury and he is out indefinitely. The senior forward is one of the Crusaders' top players and has scored a combined 26 points in his two games played. Nick Robinson has come through with a few big games this season, and he currently stands third in team scoring with 9.8 points on a 47% efficiency from the field.
The Crusaders are currently placed 190th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they are 1-1 on the road. They have fared well from an offensive standpoint and are currently averaging 78 points on the year, ranking them 77th in the country. The Valparaiso defense is having issues, and they are squandering an average of 75.5 points, positioning them down at 305th in the country.
Eastern Michigan Tagged with First Defeat of Season
The Eastern Michigan Eagles will attempt to rebound from their first loss of the season. They opened the season with six consecutive wins and were charged with an ugly 77-56 road loss to UC Irvine on Friday night in a tilt that had Eastern Michigan as 9.5 point dogs.
The Eagles have spread their offense around quite evenly. Ty Groce has only scored a combined 21 points in his last three games after a very productive start. The junior forward is now averaging 11 points on 39% shooting.
Boubacar Toure has already earned three double-doubles on the season which included 14 points and 11 boards in Saturday’s loss. The seven-foot center is having an outstanding season, logging an average of 9.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.Yeiskon Montero was leading the team in scoring but only tallied five points on Saturday, and he is currently posting 10.6 points on a 37% mark from the field.
The Eagles are currently positioned 185th overall in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and they hold a 3-0 home record. Eastern Michigan is averaging 71.1 points on the season, ranking them 206th overall. They are playing stifling defense and are limiting opponents to an average of only 55.1 points, good for 10th in the DI. The Eagles' first three games were against non-DI opponents.
The Valparaiso Crusaders are:
- 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight-up win.
- 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
- 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The Eastern Michigan Eagles are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games.