Western Michigan at Northern Illinois - 3/2/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Western Michigan at Northern Illinois - 3/2/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Northern Illinois Huskies (2-15) vs Western Michigan Broncos (4-15)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Convocation Center)

Betting Odds: Northern Illinois -1 -- Over/Under: 131.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Northern Illinois Huskies will play host to the Western Michigan Broncos on Tuesday. This is the first matchup between the two this season. Both teams have underperformed this season, boasting a combined record of 6-30. 

Western Michigan heads into this game having lost 4 in a row. In their last game against Toledo, the Broncos were blown out 91-44. Toledo scored more points in the first half (54), than Western Michigan scored in the entire game. They shot 28.8% from the field and hit only 3 of 26 from deep. They only had 4 assists on their 17 makes. Greg Lee was the only Bronco who could score consistently, putting up 14 in the game. Western Michigan allowed Toledo to shoot 54.5% from the field and were outrebounded 47-29. The Broncos are averaging 62.6 points per game and are allowing 72.8 to their opponents. B. Artis White leads the team with 14.3 points per game. 

The Huskies have now lost 6 in a row, and 8 of 9 since firing their coach earlier in the year. Last time out against Eastern Michigan, they were beaten badly, 91-57. Northern Illinois was held to 36.8% shooting in the game, just below their season average of 39.9%. They had 11 assists on their 21 makes. Tyler Cochran led the way with 20 points in the game. The huskies allowed 12-21 shooting from three for Toledo, while getting outrebounded by 12. Northern Illinois is averaging 61.3 points per game while surrendering 77.3 to the opposition. Cochran leads the team with 15.6 points per game. 

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Northern Illinois is 3-13-1 ATS this season, 3-10-1 ATS following a loss, and 1-6-1 ATS as the home team. Western Michigan is 7-11 ATS this season, 5-8 ATS following a loss, and 5-4 ATS on the road this season. 

Despite both teams playing poorly of late, Western Michigan appears to be playing the better ball. They have allowed 77 points per game over their last 6, while Northern Illinois has been allowing 83.5 in the same span. Western Michigan has shot the ball better this season, and has held their opponents to a lower field goal percentage. Northern Illinois has also not held down their home floor, with a 2-6 record on the year. Give me the Broncos to win on the road. 

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Joe’s Pick Western Michigan Broncos +1

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