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Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan - 3/7/16 MAC Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Michigan Broncos (13-18) at Northern Illinois Huskies (20-11)

College Basketball: Monday, March 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm (NIU Convocation Center)

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

TV: ESPN3

The Western Michigan Broncos and Northern Illinois Huskies meet Tuesday in the first round of the MAC Tournament.

The Western Michigan Broncos look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Western Michigan Broncos are averaging 72.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 74.6 points on 45 percent shooting. Thomas Wilder is averaging 18.6 points and 3.2 assists while Tucker Haymond is averaging 15.9 points and 5.8 rebounds. Drake LaMont is dishing 1.1 assists and Anthony Avery Jr. is grabbing six rebounds. The Western Michigan Broncos are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Broncos are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Western Michigan Broncos have lost six of their last eight road games.

Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan - 3/7/16 MAC Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Illinois Huskies also look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Northern Illinois Huskies are averaging 71.1 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.6 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Marin Maric is averaging 12.3 points and 8.5 rebounds while Aaric Armstead is averaging 11.1 points and 1.2 assists. Travon Baker is dishing 3.9 assists and Marshawn Wilson is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Northern Illinois Huskies are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Huskies are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Northern Illinois Huskies have won four straight home games.

The Broncos are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games following a ATS win and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win. The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 33-15-4 ATS in their last 52 vs. Mid-American. The Broncos are 1-5-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. 

The Northern Illinois Huskies defense will be the difference in this game. It also doesn't hurt that NIU is at home, a place where its won four straight. I'll take the Huskies and the reasonable number.

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Northern Illinois Huskies -4.5

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