Northern Illinois vs. Ball State - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Ball State (17-13) at Northern Illinois (18-12)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Convocation Center)
The Line: Northern Illinois -1.5 -- Over/Under: 124.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Ball State Cardinals (17-13, CONF 10-7) and Northern Illinois Huskies (18-12, CONF 11-6) face off in a MAC showdown at the NIU Convocation Center. Ball State beat Northern Illinois 63-59 earlier this season. The MAC has been ultra-competitive this season, and Ball State and Northern Illinois have been a big reason why.
Ball State comes into this game having won three of the last four games, and they were able to cover the spread in each of those games. In Ball State’s last game against Central Michigan, the offense was elite putting up 85 points and that led to a blowout win.
On the road this season is where Ball State has struggled winning only four of their 11 games and the biggest issue has been the offense averaging only 64.6 points per game.
Ball State is led by forward Tahjai Teague who is averaging 14.3 points while shooting over 50 percent from the field.
Northern Illinois comes into this game playing well having won three of the last four games, but they have only been able to cover two of the spreads. In the last game the Huskies had one of their more impressive wins of the season holding Toledo to only 50 points.
At home this season Northern Illinois is averaging 67.5 points per game while the defense is giving up 62.1 points.
The star of the Huskies is guard Eugene German who is averaging 20.6 points while shooting 42.2 percent from the field.
The under is 20-6 in Ball State’s last 26 games played on the road. The under is 28-11-1 in Ball State’s last 40 games overall.
The under is 8-3 in NIU”s last 11 games against the MAC. Northern Illinois is 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 games overall. The underdog is 15-2-2 against the spread in the last 22 meetings between Ball State and Northern Illinois.
At home this season Northern Illinois defense has been strong and they will keep the pace down in this one. With the lack of scoring by both teams, the under will cash.