The Illinois State Redbirds and Eastern Michigan Eagles meet Friday in college basketball action at the Convocation Center. The Illinois State Redbirds look for a 2-0 start after beating UNC Wilmington. The Eastern Michigan Eagles need a win after losing their opener to Indiana.
The Illinois State Redbirds are averaging 68 points on 33.9 percent shooting and allowing 63 points on 33.8 percent shooting. Antonio Reeves is averaging 29 points and 6 rebounds, while Mark Freeman is averaging 11 points and 3 rebounds. Josiah Strong is dishing 2 assists and Sy Chatman is grabbing 10 rebounds. The Illinois State Redbirds are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois State Redbirds are allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles are averaging 62 points on 31.3 percent shooting and allowing 68 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Noah Farrakhan is averaging 18 points and 3 rebounds, while Bryce McBride is averaging 12 points and 2 rebounds. Monty Scott is dishing 3 assists and Colin Golson Jr. is grabbing 8 rebounds. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are allowing 16.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game.
The Redbirds are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 Friday games. The Eagles are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 6-15-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The under is 7-2 in Redbirds last 9 overall. The over is 13-5 in Eagles last 18 overall.
The Illinois State Redbirds are probably the more talented team on paper, and they flexed their muscle defensively in their opener. However, the Eastern Michigan Eagles hung around with Indiana in their season opener, a confidence boosting performance despite the loss. At home, I’ll take a shot with Eastern Michigan in this toss up.