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EASTERN MICHIGAN +2.5 Oakland
When playing at home this season, the Eagles are a perfect 6-0. Eastern shoots a blistering 40.9 percent within the friendly confines of the Convocation Center, while holding its opponents to just 35.0 percent shooting from the floor. The Eagles also hold their opponents to 49.8 points per game when playing in Ypsilanti.
Conversely, the Green and White is 0-3 outside of the Convo this season. EMU is shooting just 34.5 percent on the road, while its opponents are hitting 43.1 percent of its shots. EMU scores just 50 points per game away from Ypsilanti and the opposition is posting 73 points per game in those three contests.
After setting a new school record with 18 home games in 2011-12, the Golden Grizzlies have returned to the road in 2012-13. In a schedule where 29th-year head coach Greg Kampe dubbed as stupid, Oakland is playing on the road in 15 of its first 19 games and traveling nearly 17,000 miles.
OU is just 1-8 this season away from home and have lost five straight. They are understandably very road weary. The schedule maker has given us a gift here.
UNLV -14 Canisius
Canisius is playing their fourth game in seven days. Two were on the road or neutral at Syracuse and Temple. Now they are playing 1971 miles away from home. Yes, they will be fat and happy following the stunner over Temple, but what a tough turnaround heading to Vegas to play another good team in 48 hours. This is the same squad that lost to Stony Brook and was blown out of the arena in a short trip to Syracuse, so all signs point towards following up their best game of the year with a thud.
The Rebels have one of the nation’s premier freshman in Anthony Bennett, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward from Brampton, Ont., who averages 19.5 points and 8.6 rebounds.
He’s joined up front by 6-9 Khem Birch, a Montreal native averaging 7.5 points in two games since becoming eligible following his transfer from Pitt. Birch is a Blue Chipper and is going to get better each game. Against a tired Canisius, he will explode for 20.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS +18 Washington
NIU is coming into form getting key players back. Abdel Nader is averaging 14.0 points per game in three contests since returning from suspension. Nader is averaging 27.1 points per 40 minutes played.
Akeem Springs is averaging 11.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game since moving to a role off the bench in the last three games. Springs is shooting 50.0 percent, including 54.5 percent from 3-point range, during that time.
Antone Christian returned against DePaul (Dec. 16) after missing six games due to injury. In his second game back at Seattle (Dec. 19), Christian scored a season-high 11 points in just 10 minutes of action.
Northern Illinois returns its top-five scoring letterwinners and top-six rebounders from a season ago, but obviously has not had them all back. Now they do and they are gelling.
HOFSTRA +8 Tulane
Tulane will travel 1168 miles to Brooklyn to travel their third game in four days. It is a virtual home game for Hofstra, traveling 35 miles. So obvious the distraction of New York only applies to the tired travelers.
GEORGIA TECH -23 The Citadel
The Citadel, in the midst of its longest road trip of the 2012-13 season, is looking to snap a four-game losing streak away from McAlister Field House that dates back to an 84-54 loss at UNCG on Dec. 1.
Three of the four losses were by 28 or more, the other by 13. This on the heels of losing their last home game to Radford by 13. Now they play a solid Georgia Tech team that devoured a tune-up game to Alabama State, winning by 34. While The Citadel is struggling in their longest road trip, Tech has been home all month, their last road game on November 28.
MIAMI OHIO +4 Illinois Chicago
The RedHawks have played only two games thus far on their home court but came away victorious in each contest. Having gone 1-6 on the road, the squad looks to build off of the success it has had in Oxford this season.
Talk about a bubble burst. The Flames are 9-2 on the year, but just had an eight-game winning streak snapped by Western Illinois on Tuesday, 70-54.
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