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College basketball point spread favors Eagles in battle with Chippewas

Eastern Michigan EaglesCentral Michigan Chippewas
10-6January 18, 2014, 07:00 | McGuirk Arena7-8

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan on Saturday, with the host Chippewas trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Central Michigan battles the Eagles, currently sitting with a 10-6 mark (7-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 6-6 for the Chippewas and 4-8 for the Eagles.

View Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Central Michigan Chippewas Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Central Michigan Chippewas as 6-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The Chippewas sit at No. 189 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Eagles sit at No. 258 on the same chart.

Eastern Michigan won its last outing, a 56-37 result against Western Michigan on January 14. They covered in that game as a 4-point favorite. Eastern Michigan earned a 56-37 victory over Western Michigan on Tuesday, getting 14 points from Darell Combs at EMU Convocation Center.

Central Michigan lost its last outing, a 67-57 result against Bowling Green on January 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. Central Michigan suffered a 67-57 loss against Bowling Green on Wednesday, getting 19 points from Chris Fowler in a losing effort at Stroh Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Central Michigan has the nation's No. 88-rated offensive output, at 75.4 PPG. The visiting Eagles defense ranks No. 33 allowing on average 63.94 PPG. The Chippewas FG% has averaged 45.02% so far, more than the Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.32% per game.

A few Eagles at Chippewas trends to consider:
Eastern Michigan is 4-19 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Eastern Michigan is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Central Michigan
Central Michigan is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Central Michigan is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Central Michigan is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Eastern Michigan
Central Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Eastern Michigan

Next up:
Eastern Michigan home to Akron, Wednesday, January 22nd
Central Michigan at Miami (Ohio), Wednesday, January 22nd