High/Low Picks For Tuesday, February 28

Matthew Jordan

Monday, February 27, 2017 7:56 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 7:56 PM UTC

The largest and smallest spread on the opening NCAA basketball board for Tuesday both come from the Mid-American Conference. The high number is regular-season champion Akron vs. Miami (Ohio) and the low is Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan.

Miami Of Ohio At Akron (-15)

Akron really has nothing to play for this week. The Zips already have clinched the top seed in next week’s MAC Tournament in Cleveland; it’s their second straight year as the MAC regular-season champion. The Zips haven’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 2013 and lost last year’s MAC title game to Buffalo. ESPN has Akron as a No. 14 seed in the NCAAs. The school has played two ranked teams this season, losing 82-70 at No. 10 Creighton and 61-43 at No. 8 Gonzaga back in non-conference action. Akron ended a two-game losing streak Friday with an 89-83 victory at Buffalo. Isaiah Johnson scored 19 points and Noah Robotham finished with 16. The Zips were sharp offensively, shooting 56 percent from the field and 59 percent from 3-point range. This will be Senior Night at Akron. Johnson, the team’s leading scorer (16.6 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (7.4 rpg), is among the seniors.

Miami is last in Akron’s East Division in the conference and 10-19 overall. It enters on a four-game losing streak, the past three all by double digits. The RedHawks have clinched the 12 seed in the conference tournament and will face the No. 5 seed next Monday. Miami might have a bright future behind one of the conference’s top freshmen. Guard Michael Weathers already holds the school’s freshman scoring record and is 18 points short of scoring 500 for the season. He looks to become the first RedHawk to hit that mark in a season since Michael Bramos finished with 537 during the 2008-09 campaign. Weathers averages 16.6 points a night.

Akron won at Miami 74-70 on Jan. 14. The game was tied at 66 with 2:25 remaining. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the past four meetings.

NCAAB Free Pick: Akron -15Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Eastern Michigan At Central Michigan (Pick’em)

These two schools are in the MAC’s West Division and tied for last at 6-10 in conference action. Central Michigan is really fun to watch as the Chips have the nation’s leading scorer in guard Marcus Keene, who averages 29.7 points per game. He has six 40-point games this year and one with 50. Keene’s season point total is 858, which ranks second all-time in MAC history behind David Jamerson, who scored 874 for Ohio in 1989-90. CMU is third in the nation in scoring at 88.2 ppg. The team struggles because it’s terrible defensively, ranking 349th in allowing 86 points per night. The Chippewas have allowed at least 81 points per game in a five-game skid.

Eastern Michigan ended a seven-game losing streak Saturday with an 84-68 home win over Northern Illinois.  Willie Mangum IV led the scoring attack with 22 points. Eastern has yet to win the Michigan MAC Trophy since its inception. The Eagles would take that home with a win over Central Michigan. That would give EMU a combined 3-1 record vs. CMU and Western Michigan. Eastern beat Central 85-63 on Jan. 3, never trailing in the second half. Baylee Steele had a career game with 18 points and 10 rebounds, both of which were career-bests. Keene had 22 points for CMU, which committed 17 turnovers that led to 24 EMU points. Should EMU lose, the best it can do is tie for the trophy, which would allow CMU to retain it.

The Eagles are 1-7 ATS in their past eight games so go CMU here.

NCAAB Free Pick: CMU At Pick’emBest Line Offered: Heritage

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