Vegas Writer - Eastern Michigan vs Winthrop

VW'S CBB EARLY TIP UNDERVALUED CHEAP CHALK

Handicapper
Vegas Writer
League
NCAAB
Competition
Eastern Michigan vs Winthrop
Time
11/23/2022 12:30 PM
Bet Type
Point Spread
Pick
Winthrop -3 (-110) (Consensus Odds 3)
Outcome
Win
Analysis
Two different sets of Eagles are set to soar in the Cancun Challenge, and I'm playing Winthrop over Eastern Michigan based purely on strength of schedule. It's an intangible that is so important this early in the season, especially with mid-mid-majors like Winthrop. Winthrop played a competitive first half against Southern Miss before succombing in the first round. The Golden Eagles erased an early 6-0 deficit before using an 8-2 run later in the hald to open an 18-12 lead. Southern Miss proved to be too much and won 77-52, but the learning lesson is in place. Just as a loss to Penn State was to open the season. Just as a loss to then-No. 13 Auburn was on Nov. 15. Per KenPom, the Golden Eagles rank 45th in the nation thus far with their adjusted schedule of strength. Eastern Michigan, who have failed to cover eight of 10 since last season, ranks 98th with its schedule and lost to Fort Wayne on Tuesday. And EMU doesn't respond to losses well, as it's also in a 1-6 ATS skid after a straight-up loss since last year. Lay the small number with Winthrop, as it wins and covers the cheap number.

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