Western Michigan vs. Northern Illinois - 1/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Illinois Huskies (14-2) at Western Michigan Broncos (6-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm (University Arena)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Western Michigan Broncos and the Northern Illinois Huskies face off on Saturday in MAC college basketball action.
The Western Michigan Broncos are 6-10 this season and they have lost their last three games and five of their last six. WMU is averaging 70.4 points and they are shooting 42.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 73.9 points and their opponents are shooting 43.8 percent. Thomas Wilder leads the Broncos averaging 17.8 points per game. Tucker Haymond is averaging 17 points and 5.7 rebounds, Kellen McCormick is averaging 8.1 points, and Anthony Avery Jr. is averaging 7.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Western Michigan is 0-3 in MAC play this season.
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The Northern Illinois Huskies are 14-2 this season and they have won their last seven games in a row. NIU is averaging 72.5 points and they are shooting 41.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 66.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40.5 percent. Marin Maric leads the Huskies averaging 13.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Travon Baker is averaging 12.3 points, Marshawn Wilson is averaging 10.8 points, and Aaric Armstead is averaging 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. Northern Illinois is unbeaten in MAC play this season.
Western Michigan is 6-1 against the spread following a double-digit home loss, 2-6 against the spread in their last eight home games, and 1-4 against the spread against the MAC. Northern Illinois is 4-0 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, 13-5-1 against the spread in their last 19 games, and 7-3-2 against the spread in their last 12 road games. The road team is 8-2-1 against the spread in the last 11 meetings of these two.
Nothing has shown me WMU has what it takes to get the win here so I will take Northern Illinois.