The Eagles improved to 10-6 on the season and 4-6 in league play, which puts them in fourth place in the MAC West standings. Meanwhile, Ohio is trying to battle its way out of the cellar in the East Division after winning just three of their first 10 games. Can the Bobcats stage an upset at home against the Eagles on Tuesday night?
Eastern Michigan halts two-game slide
The Eagles snapped a two-game losing streak on Saturday with a 57-49 victory at home against the Northern Illinois Huskies. Paul Jackson scored a team-high 23 points and handed out eight dimed, while Elijah Minnies chipped in 11 for the Eagles, who forced 17 turnovers and held the Huskies to just 1-for-13 from beyond the arc in the win.
Ball State and Eastern Michigan are going to overtime tied at 65. Elijah Minnie drains a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left, and Tayler Persons is off the mark from his favorite spot at the buzzer. pic.twitter.com/ydua4Qebwl
— Ryan O'Gara (@RyanOGara) January 9, 2019
Rob Murphy’s squad comes into Tuesday’s matchup slotted at No. 155 in the latest KenPom rankings following their 4-6 start to the conference season. Eastern Michigan is scoring just 104.1 points per 100 possessions (173rd in the NCAA) for the year, but they’ve stepped it up on offense in the MAC season, averaging 106.4 points per 100 possessions during conference play (4th in the MAC). They sport the second-best effective field goal percentage in the conference at 52.4 percent and the best offensive rebounding rate at 37.2 percent. However, the Eagles have struggled to squeeze the orange, turning the ball over on 21.0 percent of their offensive possessions versus MAC opponents (11th in the MAC). Eastern Michigan has also struggled from the charity stripe, connecting on only 63.7 percent of their free throw attempts through their first 10 league games (11th in the MAC).
On defense, Eastern Michigan has surrendered 103.2 points per 100 possessions for the year (158th in the NCAA) and 104.6 points per 100 possessions (9th in the MAC) during league play.
Bobcats lose their third straight MAC contest
Ohio was unable to stop their current slide on Saturday, losing on the road to Miami (OH) 79-59. Teyvion Kirk scored a team-high 18 points, while Jason Carter added 16 in a losing effort for the Bobcats.
Saul Phillips clearly unhappy with Teyvion Kirk's offensive performance last night. 0-6 to start the game and ended with 4-23 from the field. At the end, Phillips was asked if he told Kirk to keep shooting through the slump at halftime, his answer was quick… pic.twitter.com/7e4jJCwijz
— Nick Niehaus (@nickniehaus_) January 16, 2019
Saul Phillips has guided the Bobcats to an 11-11 overall record and a 3-7 mark in league play so far this year. The Bobcats enter ranked No. 210 in the latest KenPom rankings after losing their last three conference games. Ohio has scored only 94.6 points per 100 possessions for the year (317th in the NCAA) and a league-low 91.9 points per 100 possessions (12th in the MAC) during conference play. Phillips’ squad has converted on only 45.6 percent of their two-point attempts (12th in the MAC), 30.8 percent from beyond the arc (10th in the MAC) and 56.4 percent from the charity stripe as a team (12th in the MAC) through 10 conference games.
On defense, they have given up 98.6 points per 100 possessions (80th in the NCAA) and 103.2 points per 100 possessions during conference play.
- Bobcats are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Bobcats are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Mid-American.
- Bobcats are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
- Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Eagles are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 vs. Mid-American.
- Eagles are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Eagles have struggled in this series, covering the spread just once in the last five meetings against the Bobcats and just once in their last five trips to Ohio. Eastern Michigan already has two road wins in conference play and Ohio doesn’t exactly force turnovers at a high rate on the defensive end of the floor. Eastern Michigan ranks as one of the top effective field goal percentage teams in the MAC and they should also be able to control the glass in this game. Take the Eagles to cover the number on the road in this spot on Tuesday night.
Prediction: Pick: Eastern Michigan Eagles +1.5
Full-Game Total Pick
These two teams have stayed under the projected total in six of their last eight meetings and eight of their last eight trips to the convocation center in Ohio. Ohio has gone under the projected total in nine of their last 14 MAC contests, while Eastern Michigan has stayed under in 11 of their last 14 games following a win and the under is 22-10-1 in their last 33 MAC games. Look for this game to stay under the projected total on Tuesday night.
Prediction: Under 131.5