Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Western Michigan Broncos - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Michigan Broncos (11-17) at Northern Illinois Huskies (18-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm (NIU Convocation Center)
The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Western Michigan Broncos will travel to play the Northern Illinois Huskies in a MAC game on Saturday.
The Northern Illinois Huskies are 18-10 (7-8) and are coming off of a loss to Central Michigan by a score of 76-64. Northern Illinois has lost 2 games in a row and is currently tied for 4th in the MAC West standings. Northern Illinois is averaging 73.4 points per game while giving up 67 points per game. Northern Illinois is also averaging 39.9 rebounds per game and 14.4 assists per game. Marin Maric is averaging 12.6 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game for Northern Illinois. Travon Baker is averaging 11.2 points per game and 3.9 assists per game for the Huskies. Northern Illinois is shooting 69.7% on free throws, 34.2% on three-pointers, and 42.7% on all field goal attempts.
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The Western Michigan Broncos are 11-17 (5-10) and are coming off of a loss to Eastern Michigan by a score of 73-62. Western Michigan has lost 2 of their last 3 games and is currently last in the MAC West standings. Western Michigan defeated Northern Illinois by a score of 83-69 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Western Michigan is averaging 73.7 points per game while giving up 74.1 points per game. Western Michigan is also averaging 36.8 rebounds per game and 12.1 assists per game. Thomas Wilder is averaging 18.4 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game for Western Michigan. Tucker Haymond is averaging 15.8 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Broncos. Western Michigan is shooting 70.8% on free throws, 35.8% on three-pointers, and 43.7% on all field goal attempts.
Western Michigan is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. Western Michigan is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record. The over is 7-3 in Western Michigan’s last 10 games. Northern Illinois is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. Northern Illinois is 19-7-3 ATS in their last 29 home games. The over is 6-0 in the last 6 Saturday games for Northern Illinois. The road team is 8-3-1 ATS in these two teams last 12 meetings.
Western Michigan has struggled this season and will be on the road for this game. Northern Illinois is the better defensive team and has the rebounding advantage in this game. Both of these teams come into this game slumping a little bit, but I like the home team here.