Kent State vs. Northern Illinois - 2/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Illinois Huskies (16-7) at Kent State Golden Flashes (15-8)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Memorial A )
The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northern Illinois Huskies will travel to the MAC Center to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Northern Illinois Huskies lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 16-7 (5-5 MAC West) on the season after being defeated by the Ohio Bobcats, 80-69, this past Saturday. Northern Illinois struggled defensively in the 1st half and couldn’t fight their way back after falling behind 49-33 at halftime. Northern Illinois shot 45.5% from the field and 13.3% (2-15) from beyond the arc. The Huskies allowed the Bobcats to shoot 53.6% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 16-11 margin. Leading the way for Northern Illinois was Aaric Armstead who had a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, the Huskies have been led by Marin Maric (12.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 bpg), Travon Baker (11.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.4 spg), and Aaric Armstead (10.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, Northern Illinois is averaging 74.2 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field and 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Huskies average 6.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.11. Defensively, Northern Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 66.2 ppg on 39.3% shooting. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 6.8 and a turnover margin of 1.7.
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The Kent State Golden Flashes lost their 3rd consecutive game and dropped to 15-8 (6-4 MAC East) on the season after being defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 82-67, this past Saturday. Toledo found themselves down by a 66-50 margin midway through the 2nd half and although they were able to cut the Toledo lead to 10 with just over three minutes left to go, couldn’t get any closer in the loss. Kent State shot 49.1% from the field and 44.4% (8-18) from beyond the arc. The Golden Flashes allowed the Rockets to shoot 58.7% from the field and 63.2% (12-19) from three-point range. Leading the way for Kent State was Galal Cancer who had 19 points, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a rebound. On the season, the Golden Flashes have been led by Jimmy Hall (16.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.2 apg), Xavier Pollard (12.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg), and Kellon Thomas (12.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, Kent State is averaging 74.4 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field and 31.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Flashes average 5.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.04. Defensively, Kent State is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 44.1% shooting. The Golden Flashes have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
The Huskies are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 however, just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Golden Flashes are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a double-digit loss at home and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.
Both Northern Illinois and Kent State have struggled over the past week and both will be looking to snap their losing streaks and regain some momentum in conference play. Northern Illinois has one of the better defenses in the country as they rank 50th in the country in scoring defense and 22nd in FG %. Kent State has one of the better players in the conference in Jimmy Hall and should have the size to compete with the Huskies frontcourt. Northern Illinois is just 1-4 on the road in conference play this season and although Kent State has struggled lately on the defensive end, I think the Golden Flashes will come out strong on their home court and get the win while covering this mid-range spread.