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Northern Illinois vs. Western Michigan - 2/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Western Michigan at Northern Illinois
Date & Time Tuesday February 26, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
NIU Convocation Center
DeKalb, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Northern Illinois -8.5 -- Over/Under: 143
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Western Michigan at Northern Illinois
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The Western Michigan Broncos and Northern Illinois Huskies meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the NIU Convocation Center.

The Western Michigan Broncos could use a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Western Michigan Broncos are averaging 70.2 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 77.6 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Michael Flowers is averaging 16.1 points and 3.4 assists while Seth Dugan is averaging 15.7 points and nine rebounds. Josh Davis is the third double-digit scorer and Kawanise Wilkins is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Western Michigan Broncos are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. The Western Michigan Broncos are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Western Michigan Broncos have lost their last nine road games.

The Northern Illinois Huskies need a victory here in order to snap a six-game losing streak. The Northern Illinois Huskies are averaging 72.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 72.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Eugene German is averaging 20.3 points and three assists while Dante Thorpe is averaging 13.9 points and 2.9 rebounds. Levi Bradley is the third double-digit scorer and Lacey James is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Northern Illinois Huskies are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Illinois Huskies are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The Northern Illinois Huskies have split their last eight home games.

The Broncos are 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a straight up loss, 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games following a ATS win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games. The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Mid-American and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Broncos are 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Northern Illinois and the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The over is 9-4 in Broncos last 13 overall. The under is 10-2 in Huskies last 12 overall.

The Western Michigan Broncos may be piling up the losses, but they did beat Northern Illinois a couple of weeks ago despite being three-point underdogs. Eight of the last nine meetings between Western Michigan and Northern Illinois have been decided by nine or less points. The Northern Illinois Huskies head into this contest shooting 41.5 percent from the field and losing by an average of 6.8 points in their last five games. NIU is also just 5-5 ATS this season as a favorite. I question if the Huskies can shoot the ball well enough to pull away. I'll take a shot with the Broncos and the free buckets. 

Pick:
Northern Illinois -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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