Ball State Cardinals vs. Northern Illinois Huskies - 3/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Illinois Huskies (13-15) at Ball State Cardinals (7-21)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Worthen Arena)
The Line: Ball State Cardinals +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northern Illinois Huskies will travel to John E. Worthern Arena to take on the Ball State Cardinals this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Northern Illinois Huskies improved to 13-15 (7-10 MAC) on the season after defeating the Western Michigan Broncos, 65-63, this past Tuesday. Northern Illinois shot 47.9% from the field and 38.5% (5-13) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Aaron Armstead who had 17 points, 1 rebound, and 2 assists. Northern Illinois is ranked 184th in the RPI Standings and has played the 104th ranked SOS. On the season, the Huskies have been led by Aaric Armstead (11.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.4 spg) and Anthony Johnson (10.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg). Northern Illinois is averaging 66.0 ppg (ranked 204th) on 43.0% shooting (ranked 199th). The Huskies average 5.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 283rd) and commit an 14.1 turnovers per game (ranked 296th) Northern Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 65.9 ppg (ranked 150th) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 227th). The Huskies pull down 34.61 total rpg (ranked 169th) and average 7.5 spg (ranked 51st).
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The Ball State Cardinals dropped to 7-21 (2-15 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 67-60, this past Tuesday. Ball State shot 40.4% from the field and 26.3% (5-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Bo Calhoun who had 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. Ball State is ranked 273rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 77th ranked SOS. On the season, the Cardinals have been led by Jeremie Tyler (12.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 apg) and Sean Sellers (11.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.1 apg). Ball State is averaging 65.0 ppg (ranked 237th) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 245th). The Cardinals average 7.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 48th) on 34.6% three-point shooting (ranked 157th). Ball State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.2 ppg (ranked 229th) on 45.9% shooting (ranked 309th). The Cardinals pull down 33.25 total rpg (ranked 227th) and have a turnover margin of -2.4 (ranked 316th).
The Huskies are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cardinals are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
Northern Illinois has been great as of late as they've now won three straight including wins at Toledo and at home vs. Central Michigan. Ball State has now dropped 15 straight games and sits dead last in the overall MAC standings. The key with Northern Illinois is to limit their turnovers on offensive as they do have a decent defensive that can defend well. Ball State doesn't have much to offer on each end and as long as you defend the three-pointer well against them, you have a good shot of coming away with the win. Northern Illinois has been great on the road as of late and I'm surprised that this Ball State is only getting a point in this one. I'm confidently taking Northern Illinois in this one.