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College Insider Tournament - Eastern Michigan Eagles face Columbia Lions: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Eastern Michigan EaglesColumbia Lions
22-14March 22, 2014, 12:00 | Levien Gym20-12

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Levien Gym Saturday as host Columbia looks to handle the Eastern Michigan Eagles in NCAA hoops action.

This season, the Lions are 20-12 overall and 13-9 ATS, while the Eagles are 22-14 and 16-15-1 ATS. As for the totals, Columbia boasts a 8-14 on the OU, and Eastern Michigan is 12-20.View Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Columbia Lions Odds and Stats.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Lions at No. 57 and the Eagles at No. 113 heading into this contest.

Eastern Michigan was a 58-54 winner in their most recent outing at home against Norfolk State. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites. Eastern Michigan earned a 58-54 victory over Norfolk State on Tuesday, getting 14 points from Mike Talley at EMU Convocation Center.

Last time out for Columbia, they were a 58-56 winner as they battled Valparaiso on the road. They covered in the match as a 3.5-point underdog. Columbia earned a 58-56 victory over Valparaiso on Tuesday, getting 21 points from Cory Osetkowski at Athletics-Recreation Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Columbia has the nation's No. 196-rated offensive output, at 67.97 PPG. The visiting Eagles defense ranks No. 13 allowing on average 61.14 PPG. The Lions FG% has averaged 44.52% so far, more than the Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.93% per game.

A few Eagles at Lions trends to consider:
Eastern Michigan is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Eastern Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Eastern Michigan's last 5 games
Eastern Michigan is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Columbia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Columbia is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbia's last 6 games
Columbia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home