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Northern Illinois vs. Ball State - 2/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Ball State at Northern Illinois
Date & Time Tuesday February 5, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
NIU Convocation Center
Dekalb, IL
The Line
Northern Illinois -1.5 / over-under: 146
TV Channel
ESPN+
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MAC college basketball action pits the Ball State Cardinals against the Northern Illinois Huskies.

The Ball State Cardinals are in the midst of a four game slide after an 83-80 OT loss to visiting Kent State as a 4.5 point home favorite.

This was close throughout with Ball State holding a 48.2%-38.4% shooting advantage with 20 turnovers leading to 17 more Kent State shots.

KJ Walton led all scorers with 26 points and five pulls with Tayler Person giving the Cardinals 17 points, seven rebounds and eight helpers.

Tahjai Teague gave Ball State 14 points and seven boards  followed by Zach Gunn with eleven points and six rebounds.

The Northern Illinois Huskies look to bounce back from a 69-54 defeat to Toledo on Saturday as a two point underdog at home.

Northern Illinois put themselves behind the eight ball with 17 points after 20 minutes while connecting at 35.5% from the floor.

Dante Thorpe was the Huskies top offensive option with 19 points with Eugene German adding 15 points, six pulls and four assists.

NIU saw eight points and seven rebounds from Lacey James followed by Levi Bradley who contributed five points and three yanks.

Ball State Cardinals are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 vs. Mid-American and Ball State Cardinals are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games following a straight up loss and Ball State Cardinals are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. NIU Huskies are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and NIU Huskies are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. Mid-American and NIU Huskies are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. Over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings and Ball State Cardinals are 2-8-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

Ball State has the talent to win in the MAC but something is just not right with this team…

Pick:
Northern Illinois -1.5

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