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Northern Illinois vs. Ohio - 1/29/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Ohio at Northern Illinois
Date & Time Tuesday January 29, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
NIU Convocation Center
Dekalb, IL
The Line
Northern Illinois Huskies -6.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio Bobcats will travel to the NIU Convocation Center to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Ohio Bobcats won their 2nd straight game and improved to 11-8 (3-4 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals, 78-74, this past Saturday. Ohio trailed by a 37-30 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding offensively in the 2nd half and was able to secure the important conference victory after finishing the final 5:31 of regulation on a 9-2 run. Ohio shot 46.3% from the field and forced the Cardinals to commit 17 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Jason Carter who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals.

On the season, Ohio is averaging 71.3 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 30.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ohio has been led by Jason Carter (16.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.1 apg), Teyvion Kirk (15.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.6 spg), Ben Vander Plas (8.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), and Doug Taylor (7.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.9 bpg).

Defensively, Ohio is allowing their opponents to average 72.3 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 4.7 and a turnover margin of -1.1.

The Northern Illinois Huskies dropped to 11-9 (4-3 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Akron Zips, 67-65, this past Saturday. Akron was able to take control of the game after a 22-7 Zips run gave Akron a 46-35 lead midway through the 2nd half and although Northern Illinois fought back late, they couldn’t do enough to get the come from behind victory. Northern Illinois shot 42.0% from the field and committed 17 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Huskies was Eugene German who had 23 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Northern Illinois is averaging 77.3 ppg on 49.6% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 37.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Illinois has been led by Eugene German (20.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Levi Bradley (15.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.4 apg), Dante Thorpe (13.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.6 apg), and Lacey James (8.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg).

Defensively, Northern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 72.2 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 4.6 and a turnover margin of -0.4.

The Bobcats are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. MAC opponents and just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Huskies are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Ohio has won 3 of their last 5 games, however, haven’t been overly impressive this season on either end of the court as the Bobcats currently rank just 235th in scoring offense & T-201st in scoring defense. Northern Illinois has lost 3 of their last 4 games, although their lone victory was an impressive one at home against Buffalo, and have been led by their offense that ranks 85th in scoring offense & 11th in FG%.

Ohio has some solid talent on their roster however, the Bobcats have lost 3 of their last 4 road games and at times, can be really inconsistent on both ends of the court. Northern Illinois is 7-2 at home this season and as they were able to knock off the Bobcats in a 72-66 (OT) game on the road this season, I think the Eugene German and the Huskies will be able to do enough at home in this one to cover this spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Northern Illinois Huskies -6.5

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