Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois - 3/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Illinois at Bowling Green
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8:00 PM (Quicken Loans Arena)
Bowling Green Falcons -1.5 -- Over/Under - 149
TV: Fox College Sports; Fox College Sports - Atlantic
The Northern Illinois Huskies and Bowling Green Falcons will square off at Quicken Loans Arena this Friday night in the Semifinals of the MAC Men’s Tournament.
The 7-seed Northern Illinois Huskies was able to outlast the 2-seed Toledo Rockets and advanced to the Semifinals after defeating the Rockets by an 80-76 margin on Thursday. Northern Illinois was outstanding on the offensive end agianst the Rockets and was able to hold off the Rockets after taking a 76-70 lead with just :47 seconds left in regulation. Northern Illinois shot 56.4% from the field and 58.8% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Eugene German who had 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 assist.
Coming into their match-up agianst Toledo, Northern Illinois was averaging 73.7 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Huskies were averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Illinois has been led by Eugene German (19.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.2 spg), Levi Bradley (14.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 apg), Dante Thorpe (13.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), and Lacey James (8.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg).
Defensively, Northern Illinois was allowing their opponents to average 70.8 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Huskies had a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The 3-seed Bowling Green Falcons made it back to the Semifinals of the MAC Men’s Tournament for the first time since the 2015-16 series after defeating the 11-seed Ball State Cardinals, 99-86, on Thursday night. Bowling Green was outstanding on the offensive end against the Cardinals and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after taking a 91-73 lead with 4:25 left in regulation. Bowling Green shot 56.1% from the field and 45.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Falcons was Demajeo Wiggins who had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Coming into their game against Ball State, Bowling Green was averaging 78.2 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Falcons were averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bowling Green has been led by Justin Turner (18.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.4 spg), Dylan Frye (12.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Demajeo Wiggins (12.3 ppg, 10.9 rpg), and Michael Laster (6.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Bowling Green was allowing their opponents to average 72.8 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Falcons had a rebound margin of 5.3 and a turnover margin of 0.9.
Bowling Green defeated Northern Illinois in their only match-up of the season as the Falcons won on the road by an 87-67 margin in mid-February.
The Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win. The Falcons are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win, however, are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Northern Illinois is better than their record and seed might suggest and they showed it yesterday against the Toledo Rockets as their T-143rd scoring offense & 54th ranked FG% was outstanding, putting up 80 points against a very good Toledo defense. Bowling Green has an explosive offense, led by Justin Turner, however, the Falcons haven’t been playing their best basketball as of late as they’ve lost 4 of their last 6 games while their defense has allowed their opponents to average 84.5 ppg in those 6 games. Northern Illinois had an off shooting night against the Falcons in their first match-up however, between the fact that I don’t think the Huskies will have that same issue in this contest and that I think Northern Illinois is a dark horse to win the MAC, I’m going to take the Huskies once again with points. Good Luck.