Miami-Ohio vs. Northern Illinois - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami-Ohio vs. Northern Illinois - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Northern Illinois Huskies (15-10) at Miami-Ohio RedHawks (9-15)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 3:30 pm (John D. Millett Hall)

The Line: Miami-Ohio RedHawks +2 -- Over/Under: 131.5

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The Northern Illinois Huskies will travel to Millett Hall to take on the Miami (OH) RedHawks this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Northern Illinois Huskies had their 6-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 15-10 (8-4 MAC-West) on the season after being defeated by the Ball State Cardinals, 63-59, this past Tuesday. Northern Illinois struggled offensively in the 1st half and couldn’t fight all the way back after falling behind by a 51-39 margin with 9:54 left in regulation. Northern Illinois shot 40.0% from the field and 23.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Huskies was Eugene German who had 18 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist.

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On the season, Northern Illinois is averaging 66.5 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Illinois has been led by Eugene German (20.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Lacey James (8.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg), and Trendon Hankerson (7.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Northern Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 63.4 ppg on 39.4% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 4.7 and a turnover margin of -0.6.

The Miami (OH) RedHawks lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 9-15 (2-9 MAC-East) on the season after being defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 65-57, this past Tuesday. Miami (OH) led by a 32-28 margin at halftime, however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after Toledo took a 49-41 lead with 9:33 left in regulation. Miami (OH) shot just 36.2% from the field and 29.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the RedHawks was Mekhi Lairy who had 14 points, 1 rebound, and an assist in 22 minutes from off the bench.

On the season, Miami (OH) is averaging 71.3 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The RedHawks are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Miami (OH) has been led by Nike Sibande (13.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.0 apg), Dalonte Brown (11.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg), and Dae Dae Grant (9.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.1 apg).

Defensively, Miami (OH) is allowing their opponents to average 72.2 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The RedHawks have a rebound margin of -2.1 and a turnover margin of 1.2.

The Huskies are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games. The RedHawks are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games, however, are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games.

Northern Illinois has been led by their defense this season which comes into this game ranked 34th in scoring defense, 30th in defensive FG%, and 51st in rebound margin.

Miami (OH) has been less than average on both ends of the court this season and come into this match-up ranked just 175th in scoring offense, 259th in scoring defense, and 248th in defensive FG%

Miami (OH) has been a much better team at home this season, however, it’s hard to imagine that the RedHawks will be able to find success generating offense agianst the Huskies defense that will have a major advantage in the front court. Northern Illinois won by a 70-55 margin at home and although this game should be a bit more competitive, I think Northern Illinois still will be able to cover this small road spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Northern Illinois Huskies -2

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