Northern Illinois Huskies (1-7) at Ohio Bobcats (5-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Convocation Center)
The Line: Ohio Bobcats -15.5 -- Over/Under: 135 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Northern Illinois Huskies and the Ohio Bobcats meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the Ohio Convocation Center on Tuesday evening.
The Northern Illinois Huskies are in need of a win after falling to 1-7 on the year, ending up on the wrong end of a 68-42 beatdown at the hands of Bowling Green last time out. Tyler Cochran leads Northern Illinois in both scoring and rebounding, posting an average of 13.8 PPG and 7.4 RPG in just five games for NIU this season while Darius Beane is 2nd in scoring with 11.9 PPG and 4.5 RPG and Trendon Hankerson is 3rd in scoring right behind with 11.6 PPG and 4.9 RPG, making up the trio of double-digit scorers for the Huskies heading into Tuesday’s matchup. Kaleb Thornton leads NIU in assists with 2.5 APG as well this season. As a team, Northern Illinois is averaging 57.1 PPG on 38.2% shooting from the field, 21.2% from 3-point range and 61.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 76.5 PPG on 47.2% shooting from the field and 37.3% shooting from the 3-point line this season.
The Ohio Bobcats come into this game on the heels of a 78-68 win over Ball State to get the Bobcats to 5-4 on the year as a result. Jason Preston leads the Bobcats in scoring and assists with 18.9 PPG and 7.4 APG in addition to his 6.1 RPG this season while Dwight Wilson III is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 15.3 PPG and 8.4 RPG this season. Ben Vander Plas has 12.4 PPG with 5.7 RPG and 3.2 APG and Ben Roderick has 11.9 PPG while Lunden McDay has 10.2 PPG to finish off the scoring in double figures heading into Tuesday’s contest against NIU. As a team, Northern Illinois is averaging 80.7 PPG on 48.8% shooting from the field, 36% from 3-point range and 64.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72.2 PPG on 44% shooting from the field and 33.2% from 3-point range this season.
Northern Illinois is 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Ohio is 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record.
Ohio is not the first team I’d feel overly comfortable laying this many points with, but the thing here is that Northern Illinois has been horrendous against the number this season, and a lot of the results don’t have the Huskies that close to covering as NIU’s missed the cover by double-digits in 5 of 8 games this season. I’m simply not getting behind Northern Illinois in their current form, so I’ll lay the points with Ohio here in a 71-54 or 73-54 type of win, somewhere in the ballpark of 17-19 points.