Western Michigan vs. Northern Illinois - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Illinois Huskies (10-12) at Western Michigan Broncos (14-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm (University Arena)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northern Illinois Huskies and Western Michigan Broncos meet Saturday at the University Arena.
The Northern Illinois Huskies could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. On the season, Northern Illinois is averaging 64 points on 41.1 percent shooting and is allowing 65.7 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Aaric Armstead is averaging 11.1 points and 4.9 rebounds while Darrell Bowie is averaging 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds. Anthony Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Threloff is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Northern Illinois Huskies have six players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 68.6 percent from the line and 31.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Northern Illinois is allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in five of its last eight games.
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The Western Michigan Broncos need this win after losing five of their last six games. On the season, WMU is averaging 70.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting and is allowing 70.3 points on 40.4 percent shooting. David Brown is averaging 15.5 points and 2.5 assists while Connar Tava is averaging 13.8 points and 6.1 rebounds. Tucker Haymond is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Drake LaMont is shooting 47.1 percent from the field. The Western Michigan Broncos have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 68.6 percent from the line and 37.2 percent from downtown. Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in four of its last eight games.
The Huskies are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 17-6-4 ATS in their last 27 vs. Mid-American. The Broncos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Western Michigan and the road team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
NIU has all but thrown in the towel on the season, while WMU still has an outside shot to win the West. Look for the Broncos to win and cover the reasonable chalk.