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Northern Illinois vs. Ohio - 1/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio Bobcats (9-3) at Northern Illinois Huskies (11-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm (NIU Convocation Center)

The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -2 -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Ohio Bobcats will travel to the NIU Convocation Center to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Ohio Bobcats won their 5th straight game and improved to 9-3 (0-0 MAC East) on the season after defeating the UC Riverside Highlanders, 81-59, this past Wednesday. Ohio had a solid 36-29 lead at halftime and used an 18-2 run early in the 2nd half to put this game out of reach. Ohio shot 44.6% from the field and an impressive 95.2% (20-21) from the FT line in the victory. The Bobcats held the Highlanders to 39.3% shooting from the field and outrebounded UC Riverside by a 44-27 margin. Leading the way for Ohio was Treg Setty who had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals. On the season, the Bobcats have been led by Antonio Campbell (15.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.1 bpg), Jaaron Simmons (14.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 7.8 apg), and Kenny Kaminski (12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg). Offensively, Ohio is averaging 80.2 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field and 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bobcats average 7.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.99. Defensively, Ohio is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 6.4 and a turnover margin of -3.3.

Northern Illinois vs. Ohio - 1/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Illinois Huskies won their 4th straight game and improved to 11-2 (0-0 MAC West) on the season after defeating the NAIA Judson College Eagles, 91-48, this past Saturday. Northern Illinois made quick work of Judson College as they took a 53-30 lead at halftime and held the Eagles to just 18 2nd half points. Northern Illinois shot 49.3% from the field and outrebounded Judson College by a 56-35 margin. The Huskies held the Eagles to 23.5% shooting from the field and forced Judson College into committing 23 turnovers. Leading the way for Northern Illinois was Levi Bradley who had a double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal, and a block from off the bench. On the season, the Huskies have been led by Marin Maric (12.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.3 bpg), Marshawn Wilson (11.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg), and Aaric Armstead (10.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, Northern Illinois is averaging 77.1 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field and 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Huskies average 6.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.36. Defensively, Northern Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 61.8 ppg on 37.2% shooting. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 8.4 and a turnover margin of 3.9.

The Bobcats are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Huskies are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.

Ohio has gotten off to a great start to their season as transfers Jaaron Simmons and Kenny Kaminski have made great contributions in their 1st season with the Bobcats. Northern Illinois has also gotten off to a nice start and really have been outstanding on the defensive end ranking in the top 20 in college basketball in both scoring defense and defensive FG %. Both teams played relatively light out-of-conference schedules however, I do think the Huskies stats are a bit deceiving due to their soft schedule. Ohio has a solid starting five anchored by big man Antonio Campbell and I think they’ll get a nice road victory here to start conference play. I’m taking Ohio to win outright. 

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