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Northern Illinois vs. Central Michigan - 2/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Michigan Chippewas (15-10) at Northern Illinois Huskies (10-14)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm (NIU Convocation Center)

The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Central Michigan Chippewas and Northern Illinois Huskies meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the NIU Convocation Center.

The Central Michigan Chippewas could use a win here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Central Michigan Chippewas are averaging 75.1 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 72.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Shawn Roundtree is averaging 15.1 points and four assists while Cecil Williams is averaging 15 points and 6.6 rebounds. David DiLeo is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin McKay is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Central Michigan Chippewas are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Central Michigan Chippewas are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Central Michigan Chippewas have lost four of their last six road games.

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Northern Illinois vs. Central Michigan - 2/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Illinois Huskies have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since late November. The Northern Illinois Huskies are averaging 73.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 76.7 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Eugene German is averaging 20 points and 1.8 assists while Levi Bradley is averaging 14.6 points and 5.2 rebounds. Dante Thorpe is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Thomas is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Northern Illinois Huskies are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Illinois Huskies are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.4 rebounds per game. The Northern Illinois Huskies have won five of their last six home games.

The Chippewas are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss and 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 vs. Mid-American. The Huskies are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Chippewas are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Northern Illinois, 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The home team has won eight of the last nine meetings between Central Michigan and Northern Illinois and half of those games were decided by double digits. The Central Michigan Chippewas are just a wreck right now, as the losses are piling up and it starts with a defense that's allowing 81.2 points on 48.5 percent shooting in their last five games. The Northern Illinois Huskies have had issues of their own, but they are outscoring teams by 6.2 points at home this season and have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time in forever. In a pick em spot, I'm siding with Northern Illinois at home.

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