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Northern Illinois Huskies vs. UIC Flames - 11/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UIC Flames (3-2) at Northern Illinois Huskies (3-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm (NIU Convocation Center)

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

TV: ESPN3

Over at the Convocation Center in DeKalb on Saturday, we’ve got an interesting college basketball matchup between the UIC Flames and the Northern Illinois Huskies. 

UIC enters this game with a 3-2 record on the season. The Flames dropped their opener against San Francisco 82-80, then rattled off victories over UTSA 86-78 and Trinity 102-66, but fell to Elon in the next game 91-80. In Friday’s matchup against Cal Poly, the Flames took a convincing victory 84-71. 

Northern Illinois Huskies vs. UIC Flames - 11/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Leading the way for UIC this year has been Dikemebe Dixson, who came into Friday averaging 24.0 PPG and 7.8 RPG. Tai Odaise and Marcus Ottey have also played well this year, and in the Cal Poly game Odaise bagged 10 points with four rebounds and a pair of blocks while Ottey put up six points and four rebounds. Dixson led the Flames on 24 points in that game, also corralling a half-dozen rebounds. 

Over on the Northern Illinois side, they’re entering play Saturday with a 3-3 record so far this year. The Huskies won their first three games, 80-78 versus Indiana State, 99-55 against Roosevelt, and 63-49 against Idaho. Northern Illinois then dropped a pair 84-82 versus CSN and 68-64 against Cal Poly. In the Elon game Friday, the Huskies kept their losing streak going with an 85-80 defeat in double overtime.  

Northern Illinois has a trio of standout players in Marin Maric, Laywtan Porter and Jaylen Key. Marcic came into Friday averaging 14.8 PPG, while Porter had 11.8 PPG and Key was sitting on 11.4 PPG. In the Elon game, Maric logged 23 points with 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Aaric Armstead led the Huskies on 24 points with 16 rebounds. 

UIC is 4-9-2 ATS in the last 15 games versus the MId-American and 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 road games. The Flames are also 6-17 ATS in their last 23 non-conference games and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 road games versus a team with a winning home record. 

As for Northern Illinois, they’re 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games versus a team with a losing road record, and 23-9-3 ATS in their last 35 home games. Northern Illinois is also 2-5 ATS in their last seven versus the Horizon League and 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine non-conference games. 

Both Northern Illinois and UIC have been fairly inconsistent over this first handful of games, so it’s hard to tell how things will shake out in the long run. Both the Flames and Huskies have shown the ability to score and hold things down on defense against lesser teams, but this game will likely be a close one. I’ll take Northern Illinois to eke out a victory here if the line doesn’t end up looking too bad.

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