Northern Illinois vs. Miami-Ohio - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Illinois vs. Miami-Ohio - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Miami-Ohio RedHawks (13-19) at Northern Illinois Huskies (18-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse)

The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -2.5 -- Over/Under: 131.5

TV: ESPN+

The Miami (OH) RedHawks and Northern Illinois Huskies meet Thursday in the college basketball MAC Tournament at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

The Miami (OH) RedHawks need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Miami (OH) RedHawks are averaging 70.5 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 70.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Nike Sibande is averaging 13.9 points and 1.7 assists while Dalonte Brown is averaging 9.5 points and 5.2 rebounds. Isaiah Coleman-Lands is dishing 1.9 assists and Mekhi Lairy is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Miami (OH) RedHawks are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Miami (OH) RedHawks are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Miami (OH) RedHawks have lost six of their last seven non-home games.

The Northern Illinois Huskies need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Northern Illinois Huskies are averaging 66.8 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 64.5 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Eugene German is averaging 20.5 points and 2.7 assists while Lacey James is averaging 8.9 points and 7.7 rebounds. Trendon Hankerson is dishing two assists and Darius Beane is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Northern Illinois Huskies are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Illinois Huskies are allowing 30.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game. The Northern Illinois Huskies have split their last six non-home games.

The underdog is 18-5 ATS in the last 23 meetings.

The Miami (OH) RedHawks won the last meeting between these teams despite being a 3.5-point underdog, and they're playing the better basketball entering this tournament, which includes allowing just 38.5 percent shooting from the field and 31.3 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The underdog has thrived over the years when these teams meet, and the Northern Illinois Huskies are just 2-6 against the spread this season when a favorite of less than five points. These are two even teams for the most part. Give me the Miami (OH) RedHawks and the free bucket. 

Randy’s Pick Miami (OH) RedHawks +2.5

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