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NCAA hoops odds preview - Ohio vs. Eastern Michigan

Ohio BobcatsEastern Michigan Eagles
13-5January 25, 2014, 11:00 | EMU Convocation Center11-7

The Eastern Michigan Eagles will hit the floor running against the visiting Ohio Bobcats Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Bobcats will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 7-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Eagles are 8-6 ATS. Ohio is 5-5-1 on the totals; Eastern Michigan is 5-9.

View Ohio Bobcats vs Eastern Michigan Eagles Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Eastern Michigan in this one found them as -2.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

This game matches up the No. 200 (Eagles) and the No. 76 (Bobcats) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Last time out for Ohio, they were a 58-56 loser as they battled Bowling Green at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 11-point favorite. The Bobcats endured a 58-56 loss at the hands of the Falcons on Wednesday, despite a 15-point effort from T.J. Hall at Ohio University Convocation Center.

In their last action, Eastern Michigan was a 78-68 loser at home against Akron. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. Eastern Michigan suffered a 78-68 loss against Akron on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Karrington Ward in a losing effort at EMU Convocation Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Eastern Michigan has the nation's No. 191-rated offensive output, at 69.17 PPG. The visiting Bobcats defense ranks No. 25 allowing on average 63.11 PPG. The Eagles FG% has averaged 42.81% so far, less than the Bobcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.49% per game.

A few Bobcats at Eagles trends to consider:
Ohio is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ohio's last 5 games
Ohio is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Ohio is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Eastern Michigan
Eastern Michigan is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Eastern Michigan is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
Eastern Michigan is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Ohio
Eastern Michigan is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Ohio

Next up:
Ohio home to Central Michigan, Wednesday, January 29th
Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green, Wednesday, January 29th