Take Points in MAC Tilts with Bowling Green Home & Eastern Michigan Away

Charles Stark

Friday, March 2, 2018 1:50 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 1:50 PM UTC

Tonight's MAC schedule features Buffalo visiting Bowling Green, and Eastern Michigan playing at Toledo. Can the underdogs stay close enough to the spread to make them your NCAAB picks?

Friday College Basketball: Buffalo vs. Bowling GreenFree NCAAB Pick: Bowling Green +6.5Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Buffalo has already wrapped up its division as they travel to take on Bowling Green, a team they beat earlier this season 95-82. Buffalo was made a solid -6.5 favorite on the college basketball odds board, but with my NCAAB picks I will take Bowling Green and the points. In their earlier matchup Bowling Green did not shoot particularly well, hitting just 41 percent overall and 25 percent from distance. Compare that to Buffalo hitting at 51 percent and 60 percent, respectively, and it’s easy to see how the Falcons lost. However, Bowling Green shoots a bit better at home and I like how they match up with Buffalo, enough to stay within the number. Defensively, the Falcons have struggled on the season, allowing opponents to shoot 45.4 percent from the floor, but that drops closer to 44 percent at home and I think they catch Buffalo in a good spot. With the Bulls already having won their league I don’t expect a maximum effort on their end, and in fact they might get players a little bit of rest, which I think puts good value on taking the points.

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Friday College Basketball: Eastern Michigan vs. ToledoFree NCAAB Pick: Eastern Michigan +4.5Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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Earlier this season Eastern Michigan defended their home court, beating Toledo 85-79, but in this matchup they have been made a +4.5 underdog on the college basketball odds board. With my NCAAB picks I will back Eastern Michigan and their zone defense to take this game to the wire. While Toledo comes in with the better offensive numbers, shooting 47.7 percent overall and 41.4 percent from distance, Eastern Michigan has been extremely good on the defensive end, allowing opponents to shoot just 40.9 percent this season. As well, they rank in the top part of the country in most defensive categories. Recently, Eastern Michigan has been red-hot, winning their last five and seven of eight. Although Toledo has been solid at home, defensively they lack just a little bit, allowing opponents 28 field goals made per game which ranks them 300th in the country. Back the better defensive team.

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