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Eastern Michigan has gotten off to a solid start in MAC play standing 12-6 overall and 4-1 in conference and this group has really shown some nice things on the offensive side of the ball ranking 28th in the nation in scoring average compared to 153rd in total defense. After their surprise loss at home against Buffalo, the Eagles have bounced back winning their last three conference games in a row coming into this tough test on the road against the Zips. In their last outing Eastern Michigan came through at home beating back in-state foe Western Michigan by a final of 86-80. Eastern Michigan has 5 players averaging in double figures with Willie Mangum leading the way averaging 16.2 points per game.
The Akron Zips were a popular pick to win the MAC this season and this veteran group has been living up to that billing standing 15-3 overall and 5-0 thus far in conference. Akron has strengths on both sides of the ball as this squad ranks 57th in the nation in scoring average and 102nd in total defense. The Zips looked great in their last outing at home against Ohio beating the Bobcats by a final of 83-68 behind their strong home court advantage. Akron has a number of solid offensive threats with 6 players averaging at least 8 points per game and big man Isaiah Johnson leads the attack averaging 15.5 points per game.
Akron has been the class of the MAC for the better part of the past decade plus and the Zips are the favorites to get the automatic bid from this league this season. Eastern Michigan has shown well thus far in conference and the Eagles will get a chance to measuring themselves against the best today. We like the Zips to come through at home again in this one as they go on to cover the spread.
Akron -5.5 -110