Ohio vs. Northern Illinois - 3/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Illinois Huskies (21-11) at Ohio Bobcats (20-10)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 6:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Ohio Bobcats -2 -- Over/Under: 145.5 See the Latest Odds
The Ohio Bobcats and the Northern Illinois Huskies face off on Thursday in MAC college basketball tournament action.
The Ohio Bobcats are 20-10 this season and they won seven of their last nine games to close out the season. Ohio is averaging 78 points per game and they are shooting 47.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 74.6 points and their opponents are shooting 43.9 percent. Antonio Campbell leads the Bobcats averaging 17.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. Jaaron Simmons is averaging 15.2 points and 7.7 assists, Kenny Kaminski is averaging 12.5 points, and Treg Setty is averaging 11.2 points. Ohio is 11-7 in the MAC and 1-2 in neutral site games.
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The Northern Illinois Huskies are 21-11 this season and they land in this game after knocking off Western Michigan in the opening round. Northern Illinois is averaging 70.5 points per game and they are shooting 41.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.9 points and their opponents are shooting 41.4 percent. Marin Maric leads the Huskies averaging 12.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Travon Baker is averaging 11.2 points, Aaric Armstead is averaging 11.1 points and 5.7 rebounds, and Marshawn Wilson is averaging 10.6 points. Northern Illinois is 10-9 in MAC games this season.
Ohio is $-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 5-1 against the spread against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five neutral site games. Northern Illinois is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 14-6 against the spread following a win. The underdog has covered the point spread in five of the last seven meetings of these two teams.
The total is set at 145.5 but I don’t see this one getting there so my free pick is the under.