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Northern Illinois vs. UC Davis - 12/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UC Davis Aggies (2-6) at Northern Illinois Huskies (4-3)
Date & Time Wednesday December 5, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies -8.5 -- Over/Under: 134
TV Channel
ESPN3
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NCAA BB | UC Davis Aggies (2-6) at Northern Illinois Huskies (4-3)
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The UC Davis Aggies and Northern Illinois Huskies meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the NIU Convocation Center.

The UC Davis Aggies need a feel good victory to rebound from a rough 2-6 start to the season. The UC Davis Aggies are averaging 57.9 points on 38.3 percent shooting and allowing 68.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting. TJ Shorts II is averaging 12.9 points and 4.6 assists while Siler Schneider is averaging 10.4 points and 2.6 rebounds. Joe Mooney is grabbing 1.6 rebounds and Stefan Gonzalez is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The UC Davis Aggies are shooting 28.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The UC Davis Aggies are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.5 rebounds per game. The UC Davis Aggies have lost all three road games this season.

The Northern Illinois Huskies look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Northern Illinois Huskies are averaging 84.2 points on 51.9 percent shooting and allowing 77.8 points on 48.8 percent shooting. Eugene German is averaging 23.4 points and 3.4 assists while Levi Bradley is averaging 17.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. Dante Thorpe is the third double-digit scorer and Lacey James is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Northern Illinois Huskies are shooting 40.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Illinois Huskies are allowing 41.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game. The Northern Illinois Huskies have won two of their last three home games.

The Aggies are 20-4-2 ATS in their last 26 Wednesday games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Huskies are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Huskies last 5 overall. The under is 9-1 in Aggies last 10 overall.

The UC Davis Aggies will continue to lose games at a high percentage if they keep struggling to score the basketball. UC Davis is currently one of the worst offensive teams in the country and there's been no signs of that turning around. The Northern Illinois Huskies are a top-10 shooting team in college basketball and are top-40 in points per game. Not to mention NIU has been kind to bettors with covers in five of their last seven games. This feels like a bad matchup for UC Davis. I'll eat the reasonable chalk. 

Pick:
Northern Illinois Huskies -8.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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