Ball State Cardinals vs. Northern Illinois Huskies - 2/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Illinois Huskies (18-8) at Ball State Cardinals (17-9)
College Basketball: Friday, February 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm (Worthen Arena)
The Line: Ball State Cardinals -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northern Illinois Huskies will travel to play the Ball State Cardinals in a MAC game on Friday.
The Ball State Cardinals are 17-9 (8-5) and are coming off of a win against Miami (Ohio) by a score of 73-56. Ball State has won 2 games in a row and is currently 1st in the MAC West standings. Ball State is averaging 70.5 points per game while giving up 65.7 points per game. Ball State is also averaging 35.3 rebounds per game and 14.5 assists per game. Franko House is averaging 11.7 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game for Ball State. Bo Calhoun is averaging 11.3 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game for the Cardinals. Ball State is shooting 69.5% on free throws, 38.5% on three-pointers, and 44.9% on all field goal attempts.
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The Northern Illinois Huskies are 18-8 (7-6) and are coming off of a win against Bowling Green by a score of 71-60. Northern Illinois has won 2 games in a row and is currently tied for 2nd in the MAC West standings. Northern Illinois does have a win against Akron, who has the best record in the MAC standings. Northern Illinois is averaging 74.3 points per game while giving up 66.8 points per game. Northern Illinois is also averaging 39.9 rebounds per game and 14.8 assists per game. Marin Maric is averaging 12.7 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game for Northern Illinois. Aaric Armstead is averaging 11.6 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Huskies. Northern Illinois is shooting 69.7% on free throws, 35.1% on three-pointers, and 43.3% on all field goal attempts.
Northern Illinois is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. Northern Illinois is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS win. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 road games for Northern Illinois. Ball State is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Friday games. Ball State is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a win. The over is 6-2-1 in Ball State’s last 9 games. The over is 4-0 in these two teams last 4 meetings.
This should be a very entertaining game between two teams fighting at the top of the MAC West division. Ball State is the slightly better defensive team, while Northern Illinois is the better offensive team. Northern Illinois also has the rebounding advantage, while Ball State is the better offensive team. I like Ball State at home in this game.