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Northern Illinois vs. UC Riverside - 1/2/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UC Riverside Highlanders (7-5) at Northern Illinois Huskies (5-5)

College Basketball: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm (NIU Convocation Center)

The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Northern Illinois Huskies and the UC-Riverside Highlanders face off on Friday at the Convocation Center in college basketball action.

The Northern Illinois Huskies are 5-5 this season and they are coming off of a 32-point win over Hampton in their last game. NIU is averaging 65 points and they are shooting 40.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66 points and their opponents are shooting 44.1 percent. Darrekk Bowie is averaging 13.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game to lead the Huskies. Aaric Armstead is averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds, Jordan Threloff is averaging 9.2 points and 8.5 rebounds, and Aaron Armstead is averaging 7.3 points. Northern Illinois is 5-0 at home this season.

Northern Illinois vs. UC Riverside - 1/2/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UC-Riverside Highlanders are 7-5 this season and they have won two of their last three games. UC-Riverside is averaging 64.1 points and they are shooting 41.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.8 points and their opponents are shooting 43.7 percent. Taylor Johns leads the Highlanders averaging 16.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Jaylen Bland is averaging 14.1 points, Seven Thornton is averaging 8.3 points, and Nick Gruninger is averaging 7.1 points. UC-Riverside is 1-4 on the road this season.

Northern Illinois is 6-0-2 against the spread in their last eight home games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, and 7-3-2 against the spread following a win. UCRV is 10-4-1 against the spread in their last 15 road games, 5-1-1 against the spread following a win, and 1-8-1 against the spread in their last 10 Friday games.

Northern Illinois wins at home and loses on the road but while they may win here, I will take the points with UC-Riverside.

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UC-Riverside Highlanders +5

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