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#617 Kent State -2.5 vs.
#618 Eastern Michigan 128.5
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Tuesday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Kent State Golden Flashes and the Eastern Michigan Eagles. This game will take place at the Convocation Center at approximately 7:00 P.M EST.

Eastern Michigan Looks For Rare Conference Win

The Eastern Michigan Eagles have looked like a slightly above average college basketball team so far this season. The Eagles have won 14 of their first 25 games and they enter this game on a high note after beating Western Michigan at home by 18 points in their last game. In that game, Eastern Michigan's defense was great as it only allowed 51 points while forcing the opposition to shoot just 26.3% from the three-point line. Now, the Eagles will be looking for another home victory on Tuesday. However, Eastern Michigan has a 4-8 record in conference play this season so it has struggled against its conference rivals up to this point.

Leading the Eagles offensively is junior forwardTy Groce who has been pretty good so far this season as he is averaging a team-high 11.5 points per game along with 5.5 rebounds. In addition, he is averaging 2.0 steals per game so he has been very active on both sides of the ball.

Eastern Michigan's most underrated player is senior forwardBoubacar Toure who has been good this season as he is averaging 10.9 points along with a team-high 9.1 rebounds. In addition, he is also averaging a team-high 1.3 blocks so he has been a very solid rim protector up to this point.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Even though Eastern Michigan is at home for this game, Kent State has been the much better basketball team this season so I think that this spread is a bit too low. Kent State has won three more games up to this point and Eastern Michigan still has a losing record in conference play so I would not be surprised to see the Eagles struggle once again in this conference game on Tuesday. Plus, Kent State is averaging roughly 11 more points per game so I think that Eastern Michigan will struggle to score enough points in order to cover this spread. Give me the road team.

Prediction: Kent State -3

Full-Game Total Pick

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Eastern Michigan is a great team for betting unders since it possesses an elite defense along with a below average offense so I have to take the under in this game. Eastern Michigan is averaging just 65.1 points per game while only allowing 62.6 points per game so I think that points should come at a premium in this game. Plus, Eastern Michigan is one of the only teams in all of college basketball that play a 2-3 zone defense so I expect to see Kent State struggle against it early on which should result in less points. Give me the under.

Prediction: Under 129

Half-Time Side Pick

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Kent State has been a solid team in conference play this season while Eastern Michigan has consistently struggled against conference foes up to this point so I think that the Eagles should come out flat in the first half of this game. Kent State has a winning record on the road so it has been comfortable in hostile environments which bodes well for the Golden Flashes on Tuesday. Plus, Kent State is averaging roughly two more rebounds per game so it should be able to generate enough second-chance points in order to cover this first half spread. Give me the road team.

Prediction: Kent State 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.