NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Mastodons underdogs vs Eagles at Eastern Michigan
IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons vs Eastern Michigan Eagles Odds
EMU Convocation Center will host Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.
Supporters of the Mastodons have watched them go 2-1 and 1-0 ATS on the year, while the Eagles are at 2-1 and 1-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Eagles are 0-0, while the Mastodons have a 0-0 mark.
The Eagles were listed as 4.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 214-ranked Eagles and the No. 284-rated Mastodons in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 70-68 win for the Eagles on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Mastodons rank No. 13 in NCAA Division 1 with 47.3 per game. That compares with Eastern Michigan’s No. 220 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Eastern Michigan is college basketball's No. 193-ranked team at 5.7 per game, while the Mastodons rate No. 281 with 4.3 per game.
Defensively, IUPU Fort Wayne features the nation's No. 140-rated defense on the road, allowing 61 points per game. Eastern Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 253 nationally in scoring at home.
IUPU Fort Wayne won its last outing, a 97-94 result against Texas-Pan American on November 16. Frank Gaines went off for 30 points and added 1 rebound for good measure, leading IUPU Fort Wayne to a 97-94 win over Texas-Pan American on Friday at EMU Convocation Center.
Last time out for Eastern Michigan, they were a 60-52 winner as they battled Eastern Illinois at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 10.5-point favorite. The Eagles grabbed a 60-52 win over the Panthers on Friday, behind a 22-point effort from Derek Thompson at EMU Convocation Center.
Eastern Michigan Eagles Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
After playing Eastern Illinois are 1-1
After a win are 4-6
A few Mastodons at Eagles trends to consider:
Eastern Michigan is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
IUPU Fort Wayne at Eastern Illinois, Sunday, November 18
Eastern Michigan home to Texas-Pan American, Sunday, November 18