Northern Illinois at Toledo
|Date & Time||Saturday February 23, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)|
Toledo Rockets -9.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5
The Northern Illinois Huskies will travel to Savage Arena to take on the Toledo Rockets this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Northern Illinois Huskies lost their 5th consecutive game and dropped to 12-14 (5-8 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Bowling Green Falcons, 87-67, this past Saturday. Northern Illinois was overmatched on both ends of the court agianst the Falcons and couldn’t fight back after entering halftime trailing by a 42-29 margin. Northern Illinois shot just 29.0% from the field and 23.5% from beyond the arc while allowing the Falcons to shoot 58.7% from the field. Leading the way for the Huskies was Levi Bradley who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.
On the season, Northern Illinois is averaging 74.3 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Illinois has been led by Eugene German (20.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Levi Bradley (14.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.3 apg), Dante Thorpe (14.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg), and Lacey James (8.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg).
Defensively, Northern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 71.7 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
The Toledo Rockets lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 20-6 (8-5 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 76-69, this past Tuesday. Toledo struggled defensively agianst Eastern Michigan and couldn’t fight back after a 22-0 Eagles run gave Eastern Michigan a 63-53 lead with 4:38 left in regulation. Toledo shot 43.9% from the field while allowing Eastern Michigan to shoot 48.0% from the field and 47.1% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Rockets was Marreon Jackson who had 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists.
On the season, Toledo is averaging 78.5 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Rockets are averaging 9.7 three-pointers per game on 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Toledo has been led by Jaelan Sanford (15.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.1 apg), Nate Navigato (12.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.7 apg), Marreon Jackson (11.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.3 spg), and Luke Knapke (11.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 bpg).
Defensively, Toledo is allowing their opponents to average 68.8 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Rockets have a rebound margin of 4.9 and a turnover margin of -1.1.
The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rockets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Northern Illinois has lost 8 of their last 10 games and come into this match-up ranked 136th in scoring offense, 35th in FG%, and 189th in scoring defense.
Toledo has won 8 of their last 11 games and has been solid on both ends of the court this season as the Rockets rank 57th in scoring offense, 109th in scoring defense, and 36th in defensive FG%.
Northern Illinois has really struggled since their upset victory at home against Buffalo, which includes a 69-55 loss at home against Toledo at the beginning of their 5-game losing streak. Toledo is one of the best teams in the MAC as they can get at you on both ends of the court and as the Huskies are just 3-8 on the road this season, I think Toledo will do just enough to win this by double-digits and cover this spread. Good Luck!