Eagles vs. Spartans Prediction
The 15th-ranked Michigan State Spartans have won their last three games heading into today's non-conference home tilt versus the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Can MSU get it done against a one-loss EMU squad?
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Breslin Center at 7PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Spartans are a 23.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 133.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 59 percent of public bets are being placed on host Michigan State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Eagles get by Huskies
Eastern Michigan earned a 60-55 home win over Northeastern Tuesday night to move to 9-1 overall and 5-0 at home. The Eagles outscored the Huskies 29-26 in the second half to wrap it up. Noah Morgan led EMU with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting plus 5-of-8 at the free throw line. He also registered three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Yekson Montero contributed 12 points and three boards. Ty Groce added 10 points, six caroms and two steals.
Spartans slip past Wildcats
Michigan State secured a 77-72 victory Wednesday night at Northwestern to improve to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten Conference. The Spartans led 37-27 at halftime and held off a Wildcats rally attempt after the break. Cassius Winston paced MSU with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting including 2-of-5 from 3-point range plus 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He also dished out six assists. Xavier Tillman tallied 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Gabe Brown added 11 points and 10 caroms.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games. Eastern Michigan is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games overall.
The Spartans are 4-1 ATs in their last five Saturday games. Michigan State is 0-4 ATS in its last four home games.
The Spartans are by far the best team EMU has played this season, but the Eagles' zone defense can cause fits for opponents. While the Spartans are probably good enough to overcome the unusual defensive look, it might take a little longer to get in the comfort zone. I'm going to bank on that happening and Eastern Michigan staying within the number tonight.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES +23.5