Central Michigan vs. Northern Illinois Huskes - 2/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Illinois Huskies (18-9) at Central Michigan Chippewas (14-13)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm (McGuirk Arena)
The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas -6 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Northern Illinois Huskies will travel to McGuirk Arena to take on the Central Michigan Chippewas this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Northern Illinois Huskies had their two game winning streak and dropped to 18-9 (7-7 MAC West) on the season after being defeated by the Ball State Cardinals, 63-59, this past Friday. Northern Illinois had a chance to take over first place in the MAC West standings but allowed Ball State to use a 11-2 run midway through the 2nd half to take control of the game and secure the win. Northern Illinois struggled offensively as they shot just 31.6% from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc. The Huskies allowed the Cardinals to shoot 39.6% from the field and was outrebounded by Ball State by a 42-37 margin. Leading the way for Northern Illinois was Marin Maric who had a double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, the Huskies have been led by Marin Maric (12.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 bpg), Aaric Armstead (11.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 spg), and Travon Baker (11.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.4 spg). Offensively, Northern Illinois is averaging 73.7 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field and 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Huskies average 7.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.15. Defensively, Northern Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 66.6 ppg on 39.6% shooting.
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The Central Michigan Chippewas dropped to 14-13 (7-7 MAC West) on the season after being defeated by the Western Michigan Broncos, 92-85, this past Saturday. Central Michigan got to a quick 22-11 lead in this one and had a 4-point lead at halftime, however, struggled defensively in the 2nd half and allowed Western Michigan to come back and get the win. Central Michigan shot 47.0% from the field and 41.9% (13-31) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Chippewas allowed the Broncos to shoot 56.5% from the field and was outrebounded by Western Michigan by a 34-26 margin. Leading the way for Central Michigan was Chris Fowler who had 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. On the season, the Chippewas have been led by Braylon Rayson (16.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), Chris Fowler (16.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.3 spg), and Rayshawn Simmons (13.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.0 apg). Offensively, Central Michigan is averaging 76.4 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field and 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Chippewas average 10.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.44. Defensively, Central Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 44.9% shooting. The Chippewas have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of 1.4.
The Huskies are 9-4-2 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS loss and 29-13-4 ATS in their last 46 games vs. MAC opponents. The Chippewas are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games.
Northern Illinois has won just 2 of their last 8 games and have struggled a bit on the defensive end as in those losses the Huskies have allowed their opponents to average 76.0 ppg. Central Michigan has been solid at home this season, posting a 12-2 record, however, have struggled defensively and heavily rely on the three-pointer to generate their offense. The Huskies need to count on their defense to win games, however, as their defense hasn’t been solid as of late, along with the fact that they don’t defend the three-pointer well, I think the Chippewas will continue to have success on the home court and cover this mid-range spread. Take Central Michigan to cover.