Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan - 3/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Michigan Broncos (18-11) at Northern Illinois Huskies (12-15)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm (NIU Convocation Center)
The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Western Michigan Broncos and Northern Illinois Huskies meet at the NIU Convocation Center.
The Western Michigan Broncos hope to keep rolling after winning four of their last five games. On the season, WMU is averaging 71.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting and is allowing 70.3 points on 44.5 percent shooting. David Brown is averaging 15.4 points and 2.2 assists while Connar Tava is averaging 13 points and 6.1 rebounds. Austin Richie is dishing 2.4 assists and Drake LaMont is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Western Michigan Broncos have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 69.9 percent from the line and 36.9 percent from deep. Defensively, WMU is allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in four of its last eight games. Tucker Haymond is questionable with an illness.
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The Northern Illinois Huskies look for a win after splitting their last eight games. On the season, NIU is averaging 65.3 points on 42.6 percent shooting and is allowing 66.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Aaric Armstead is averaging 11.3 points and 4.8 rebounds while Anthony Johnson is averaging 10.8 points and 2.2 rebounds. Darrell Bowie is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Threloff is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Northern Illinois Huskies have five players averaging at least eight points, and they’re shooting 68.8 percent from the line and 32.2 percent from deep. Defensively, NIU is allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or more points in five of its last seven games.
The Broncos are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Huskies are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Broncos are 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Northern Illinois and 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
Northern Illinois was nearly able to steal a game on the road when these teams met less than a month ago. When you add in the home crowd for NIU, I like the Huskies to get the job done in this toss up matchup.