Northern Illinois vs. Kent State - 1/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kent State Golden Flashes (6-7) at Northern Illinois Huskies (6-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm (NIU Convocation Center)
The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Tuesday night college basketball features the Kent State Golden Flashes butting heads with the Northern Illinois Huskies.
The Kent State Golden Flashes are not the same team we have seen through recent years as witnessed by their 6-7 record. Kent State heads in to conference action off of a 78-68 loss at the Albany Great Danes where they were outshot 50%-41.2% with a 25-9 deficit at the line which rendered 22 more shots null and void.
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Jaylin Walker led the Golden Flashes offense with 27 points with six boards and five assists but struggled from the floor at just 8-27 with Adonis De La Rosa adding 18 points and eight rebounds on 8-11 shooting. The twosome of Kevin Zabo and Desmond Ridenour contributed ten points apiece but Kent State needed more stops then points.
The Northern Illinois Panthers have not been a challenger in the MAC and are out to change that in 2017-18. Northern Illinois kicks off their conference slate off of a 98-75 defeat at the Iowa Hawkeyes as a 15 point underdog. The Huskies were outgunned 58.1%-43.5% and never challenged.
Eugene German was the Huskies top offensive weapon with 20 points, three yanks and three assists on 8-15 from the floor followed by a 16 point effort from Justin Thomas on 6-11 accuracy. Gairges Daow gave Northern Illinois 12 points and six rebounds on 5-8 from the field while Dante Thorpe tossed in eleven points.
Under is 8-1 in Kent State last 9 vs. Mid-American and under is 10-2 in Kent State last 12 road games and Kent State are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games. Over is 10-3-1 in Northern Illinois last 14 vs. Mid-American and Northern Illinois are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Mid-American and over is 11-4 in Northern Illinois last 15 home games.
Points have always been important in what seems to be a hard fought, close matchup…