MAC Tournament - Western Michigan Broncos host Eastern Michigan Eagles in college basketball action
Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting Eastern Michigan Eagles travelling to Western Michigan Thursday to take on the Broncos.
The MAC Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. Quicken Loans Arena is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.
The Broncos currently sports a 19-11 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 13-12-1 ATS. The Eagles are 16-17 and 17-11-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Broncos produce a 11-8-3 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Eagles have gone 12-14 against the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Broncos, most recently No. 104 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Eagles, who rate No. 146 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 65-59 victory for the Broncos.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Western Michigan has the nation's No. 182-rated offensive output, at 67.1 PPG. The visiting Eagles defense ranks No. 25 allowing on average 58.8 PPG. The Broncos FG% has averaged 43.2% so far, more than the Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.1% per game.
Defensively, Eastern Michigan features the nation's No. 136-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.7 points per game. Western Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 129 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Eastern Michigan was a 58-47 winner at home against Miami (Ohio). They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. The Eagles grabbed a 58-47 win over the RedHawks on Wednesday, behind a 14-point effort from Derek Thompson at Quicken Loans Arena.
Western Michigan won its last outing, a 71-68 result against Central Michigan on March 9. They failed to cover in that game as a 11-point favorite. The Broncos grabbed a 71-68 win over the Chippewas on Saturday, behind a 16-point effort from Shayne Whittington at University Arena.