Northern Illinois vs. Ball State - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Illinois vs. Ball State - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Ball State Cardinals (17-13) at Northern Illinois Huskies (18-12)

College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Convocation Center)

The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -1.5 -- Over/Under: 124.5

TV: ESPN3

The Ball State Cardinals and Northern Illinois Huskies meet Friday in college basketball action at the NIU Convocation Center.

The Ball State Cardinals look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Ball State Cardinals are averaging 69.3 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 62.8 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Tahjai Teague is averaging 14.3 points and 2.1 assists while Ishmael El-Amin is averaging 13.9 points and 3.2 rebounds. Kyle Mallers is grabbing four rebounds and Jarron Coleman is dishing 2.9 assists. The Ball State Cardinals are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The Ball State Cardinals are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.9 rebounds per game. The Ball State Cardinals have lost three straight road games.

The Northern Illinois Huskies need a win after splitting their last six games. The Northern Illinois Huskies are averaging 67.2 points on 41.9 percent shooting and allowing 64.1 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Eugene German is averaging 20.6 points and 2.7 assists while Lacey James is averaging nine points and 7.9 rebounds. Trendon Hankerson is dishing two assists and Darius Beane is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Northern Illinois Huskies are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Illinois Huskies are allowing 30.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game. The Northern Illinois Huskies have won six straight home games.

The underdog is 15-5-2 ATS in the last 22 meetings. The road team is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Ball State Cardinals have probably been the better team overall this season, but they're just 4-7 against the spread on the road where they shoot just 40.5 percent from the field and 30.5 percent from three. The Northern Illinois Huskies win at home by an average fo 8.4 points while allowing just 37.5 percent shooting from the field and 28.7 percent shooting from three. Throw in senior night and the fact Northern Illinois hung around in the first meeting despite being big underdogs, and you have to like the Huskies and the small chalk. 

Randy’s Pick Northern Illinois Huskies -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.