Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Central Michigan Chippewas - 1/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Central Michigan Chippewas (9-8) at Northern Illinois Huskies (14-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm (NIU Convocation Center)
The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Central Michigan Chippewas will travel to play the Northern Illinois Huskies in a MAC game on Tuesday.
The Northern Illinois Huskies are 14-3 (3-1) and are coming off of a loss against Western Michigan by a score of 83-69. Northern Illinois has won 7 of their last 8 games and is tied for 1st place in the MAC West standings. Northern Illinois is averaging 76.6 points per game while giving up 63.8 points per game. Northern Illinois is also averaging 41.4 rebounds per game and 15.9 assists per game. Marin Maric is averaging 13.7 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game for Northern Illinois. Travon Baker is averaging 11.6 points per game and 4.1 assists per game for the Huskies. Northern Illinois is shooting 69.3% on free throws, 35.6% on three-pointers, and 44.5% on al field goal attempts.
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The Central Michigan Chippewas are 9-8 (2-2) and are coming off of a loss to Buffalo by a score of 74-61. Central Michigan has won 3 of their last 5 games and is tied for 3rd in the MAC West standings. Central Michigan is averaging 77.7 points per game while giving up 75.1 points per game. Central Michigan is also averaging 36 rebounds per game and 13.6 assists per game. Braylon Rayson (probable for this game) is averaging 17.4 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game for Central Michigan. Chris Fowler is averaging 15.1 points per game and 5.3 assists per game for the Chippewas. Central Michigan is shooting 70.3% on free throws, 35.5% on three-pointers, and 44.5% on all field goal attempts.
Central Michigan is 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games. Central Michigan is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games. The under is 9-3 in Central Michigan’s last 12 road games. Northern Illinois is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games. Northern Illinois is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. The over is 5-1 in the Northern Illinois last 6 conference games. The over is 6-2 in these two teams last 8 meetings.
Northern Illinois has really impressed me this season and will have plenty of confidence in this game. Northern Illinois plays much better defense than Central Michigan and has the rebounding advantage over the Chippewas. I like Northern Illinois to win this game at home.