The Northern Illinois Huskies and Kent State Golden Flashes meet Thursday in the college basketball MAC Tournament Quarterfinal at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Northern Illinois Huskies are averaging 72.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 75 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Keshawn Williams is averaging 17.9 points and 4.7 rebounds, while David Coit is averaging 15.7 points and 2.9 rebounds. Zarique Nutter is the third double-digit scorer and Kaleb Thornton is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Northern Illinois Huskies are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 65.1 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Illinois Huskies are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.1 rebounds per game.
The Kent State Golden Flashes are averaging 76 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 65.4 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Sincere Carry is averaging 17.4 points and 3.7 rebounds, while Malique Jacobs is averaging 12.6 points and 5 rebounds. Miryne Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Sullinger is grabbing 1.4 rebounds. The Kent State Golden Flashes are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Kent State Golden Flashes are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game.
The Huskies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Golden Flashes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The over is 10-4 in Huskies last 14 overall. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Kent State Golden Flashes are obviously the better team with the ability to blow the doors off here, but they're also just 4-6 ATS as double-digit favorites. The Northern Illinois Huskies are playing improved ball lately and is 12-6 ATS in non home games. NIU also beat Kent State back in January as 12 point underdogs. Give me the buckets.