Miami (OH) vs. Northern Illinois - 1/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Illinois at Miami (OH)
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Millett Hall)
The Line: Miami (OH) RedHawks -2 -- Over/Under: 145.5
The Northern Illinois Huskies will travel to Millett Hall to take on the Miami (OH) RedHawks this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Northern Illinois Huskies improved to 8-6 (1-1 MAC-West) on the season after defeating the Ohio Bobcats, 72-66 in OT, this past Saturday. Northern Illinois fought back from a 34-21 halftime deficit to force overtime and was solid at the FT-line in the extra period to secure the impressive road victory. Northern Illinois shot 41.0% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Lacey James who had a double-double with 20 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 block.
On the season, Northern Illinois is averaging 79.4 ppg on 49.8% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 38.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Illinois has been led by Eugene German (20.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Levi Bradley (15.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.8 apg), Dante Thorpe (11.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Lacey James (9.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg).
Defensively, Northern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 72.9 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 4.6 and a turnover margin of 0.4.
The Miami (OH) RedHawks had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 8-6 (0-1 MAC-East) on the season after being defeated by the Central Michigan Chippewas, 84-77, this past Saturday. Miami (OH) trailed by a 39-33 margin at halftime and couldn’t fight back after the Chippewas used a 6-0 run to take a 74-64 lead with 2:58 left in regulation. Miami (OH) allowed Central Michigan to shoot 48.4% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the arc in loss. Leading the way for the RedHawks was Dalonte Brown who had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.
On the season, Miami (OH) is averaging 76.4 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The RedHawks are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Miami (OH) has been led by Nike Sibande (16.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.6 apg), Dalonte Brown (15.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg), Bam Bowman (9.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg), and Jalen Adaway (7.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg).
Defensively, Miami (OH) is allowing their opponents to average 70.1 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The RedHawks have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of 0.4.
The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. MAC opponents. The RedHawks are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 Tuesday games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss.
Northern Illinois has won 3 of their last 5 games and has been outstanding on the offensive end this season as they rank 64th in scoring offense, 18th in FG%, and 42nd in 3P-FG%. Miami (OH) suffered a tough loss to Central Michigan, however, has won 5 of their last 7 games and has been solid on both sides of the court as they rank T-120th in scoring offense & 152nd in scoring defense.
Miami (OH) is 6-1 at home on the season, but I think they are going to have a hard time slowing down the Northern Illinois offense in this one. We were all over the Huskies in their victory at Ohio this past weekend and as I think Huskies will have an easier time with Miami (OH), I think Northern Illinois and the points are the play here. Good Luck!