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Northern Illinois vs. Central Michigan - 1/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois
Date & Time Tuesday January 15, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
NIU Convocation Center
DeKalb, Illinois
The Line
Northern Illinois Huskies -6 O/U: 156
TV Channel
STREAM
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The Central Michigan Chippewas and the Northern Illinois Huskies will meet up on the college basketball court Tuesday.

Central Michigan enters this game with a 13-3 mark on the year. Central Michigan had a win streak going versus Youngstown State, Southern Utah, UMKC, Jackson State, IU South Bend, Miami OH and Akron but lost their last outing to Bowling Green.

In the loss to the Falcons, Central Michigan’s Larry Austin led the team with a double-double on 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Shawn Roundtree also had a nice game for the Chippewas with 14 points, six assists and seven rebounds.

Over on the Northern Illinois side, they’re currently 10-6 this year. After falling to Michigan State December 29, the Huskies have taken out Ohio, Miami OH and Akron in succession.

In the win over the Zips, the Huskies’ lead scorer was Eugene German with 27 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Dante Thorpe added 15 points for NIU and Garages Daow corralled 10 rebounds with three assists and seven points.

The Chippewas are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven Tuesday games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games. The over is 4-1-2 in CMU’s last seven Tuesday games and 19-5-2 in the last 26 versus the MAC.

Meanwhile, the Huskies are 6-0 ATS in their last six home games and 5-0 ATS in their last five versus the MAC. Northern Illinois is 6-1 ATS in the last seven overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five following an ATS win.

Well, the Chippewas’ win streak had to end at some point, and Bowling Green proved themselves as a talented enough squad to do it. The 10-point loss is going to stick in CMU’s mind until those teams meet up again in mid-February, though.

Before any of that, the Chippewas have to get through a road game against an NIU team that’s been playing good ball lately—and for most of the season.

Realistically this should be a great matchup and could go either way, so I’m staying back. That said, I’ll take the Huskies on a slim cover.

Pick:
Northern Illinois Huskies -6

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