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Dartmouth vs. Northern Illinois - 12/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Illinois Huskies (4-3) at Dartmouth Big Green (4-5)

College Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Leede Arena)

The Line: Dartmouth Big Green -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Northern Illinois Huskies and Dartmouth Big Green meet Friday night at the Edward Leede Arena.

The Northern Illinois Huskies have split their last four games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, Northern Illinois is averaging 63.5 points on 39 percent shooting and is allowing 65.7 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Aaric Armstead is averaging 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds while Darrell Bowie is averaging 12.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. Jordan Threloff is the third player averaging double-digit points and Michael Orris is racking up 2.9 assists. The Northern Illinois Huskies rely on their defense and rebounding to win games, as they’re averaging 40.3 rebounds and are forcing 14 turnovers per game. Offensively, Northern Illinois is shooting 71.1 percent from the free throw line and 28.1 percent from beyond the arc. Northern Illinois has scored 67 or fewer points in four of its last five games.

Dartmouth vs. Northern Illinois - 12/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dartmouth Big Green have split their last six games and play their second home contest of the season. On the year, Dartmouth is averaging 65.1 points on 45.7 percent shooting and is allowing 62.8 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Alex Mitola is averaging 14.9 points and 3.1 assists while Gabas Maldunas is averaging 11.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. Connor Boehm is the third player averaging double-digit points and Miles Wright is shooting 43.2 percent from the field. The Dartmouth Big Green have six players averaging at least five points, and they’re shooting 66.2 percent from the line and 40 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Dartmouth is forcing 10.6 turnovers per game and is holding teams to 32.7 percent from beyond the arc.

The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 22-10 ATS in their last 32 road games. The Big Green are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. 

Not sure what Dartmouth has done to deserve this much chalk at home. Northern Illinois has held its own against some OK comp already this season and has a rock solid record ATS on the road dating back to last season. I'll take a shot with the points here. 

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Northern Illinois Huskies +5.5

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