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Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/4/14

Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (9-10) at Northern Illinois Huskies (9-11)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm (NIU Convocation Center)

The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Miami (OH) Redhawks look to get a conference win as they visit DeKalb and the Northern Illinois Huskies Tuesday night at 7PM on ESPN3.

Miami sits at 9-10 and 5-3 in conference play after getting their 3rd win in their past 4 contests with a 65-51 victory over Eastern Michigan this past weekend.  The Redhawks starting 5 was the big difference in this one as Will Sullivan had 19 and 4 assists and Will Felder shined down low with 17 points and 15 rebounds.  Jaryd Eustace had 9 points and was disruptive with 3 steals on the defensive end and Miami racked up 5 steals for the contest.  On offense, the Redhawks were efficient enough shooting the ball just 43% from the field but 81% at the line with 15 team assists.  Miami was a little sloppy at times but got buckets on key possessions late.

Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/4/14

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Northern Illinois is 9-11 on the year and made it two straight exciting victories as they escaped Ball State 67-65 in OT.  Northern Illinois erased an 8 point deficit at the half and pulled it close late to force OT before Travon Baker made 1 of 2 free throws late to give Northern Illinois lead before a Ball State 3 rimmed out at the buzzer.  Aaric Armstead combined for 27 points with Jordan Threloff.  Northern Illinois trailed by as many as 15 in the second half before rallying -- the win moves Northern Illinois to 3-5 in conference as their confidence continues to build.

On paper, these two teams are pretty evenly matched.  I think Miami is a bit more experiences and I like the Redhawks to get another huge game down low for Will Felder as they move to 6-3 in conference play and continue to hang around the regular season title conversation in the MAC.

 

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Miami (OH) -1.5

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