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Northern Illinois vs. Ball State - 2/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ball State Cardinals (7-14) at Northern Illinois Huskies (9-12)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm (NIU Convocation Center)

The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Northern Illinois Huskies and the Ball State Cardinals face off on Tuesday at the Convaocation Center in MAC college basketball.

The Northern Illinois Huskies are 9-12 this season and they have lost four of their last five games. NIU is averaging 64.5 points and they are shooting 40.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.4 points and their opponents are shooting 44 percent. Darrell Bowie leads the Huskies averaging 11.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Aaric Armstead is averaging 11.3 points, Anthiny Johnson is averaging 10.1 points, and Jordan Threloff is averaging 7.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. Northern Illinois is 7-4 at home and 3-7 in MAC play.

Northern Illinois vs. Ball State - 2/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ball State Cardinals are 7-14 this season and they have lost their last eight games. Ball State is averaging 67.2 points and they are shooting 42.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.9 points and their opponents are shooting 44.8 percent. Sean Sellers leads the Cardinals averaging 12.5 points per game. Zavier Turner is averaging 10.8 points, Franko House is averaging 10.2 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Matt Kamieniecki is averaging 8.1 points and 7.6 rebounds. Ball State is 1-9 on the road and 2-8 in the MAC.

Northern Illinois is 16-6-4 against the spread in their last 26 MAC games, 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five games, and 3-0-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread. Ball State is 5-2 against the spread following a double-digit home loss, 1-6 against the spread following a loss, and 5-2 against the spread on the road against a team with a winning home record. The road team is 8-2-1 against the spread in the last 11 meetings of these two.

While neither of these teams are good, Northern Illinois is much better and they cover in this spot at home. 

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