Ball State at Northern Illinois - 12/29/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Ball State at Northern Illinois - 12/29/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Northern Illinois Huskies (3-7) vs Ball State Cardinals (5-6)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Convocation Center)

Betting Odds: Northern Illinois Huskies +2 -- Over/Under: 138 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Ball State Cardinals will travel to play the Northern Illinois Huskies in a MAC conference game on Tuesday night. 

The Ball State Cardinals are 5-6 this season and have won two of their last three games. Ball State is coming off of a win against Eastern Illinois by a score of 75-55 in their last game. Ball State led by one point at halftime but only allowed 19 points in the second half to pull away for the big win. Payton Sparks led the Cardinals with 16 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Ball State is averaging 74.4 points per game and is giving up 77.9 points per game against, while also averaging 34.5 rebounds per game and 14.1 assists per game. Luke Bumbalough is averaging 12.5 points per game and 3.5 assists per game, while Tyler Cochran is averaging 10.7 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Cardinals. Ball State is shooting 44.1% on field goals, 66.2% on free throws, and 38.3% on three pointers.

The Northern Illinois Huskies are 3-7 this season and have lost two of their last three games. Northern Illinois had their last game cancelled against Indiana State due to covid, but lost to Illinois-Chicago in their previous game by a score of 61-60. Northern Illinois was leading by one point with 10 seconds left before UIC hit two free throws fort he win. Keshawn Williams had 25 points and 4 assists in the Huskies loss. Northern Illinois is averaging 56.7 points per game and is giving up 67 points per game against, while also averaging 31.9 rebounds per game and 9.5 assists per game. Keshawn Williams is averaging 13.9 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game, while Trendon Hankerson is averaging 10.4 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Huskies. Northern Illinois is shooting 37.4% on field goals, 64.3% on free throws, and 33.3% on three pointers. 

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Ball State is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The over is 14-5 in Ball State’s last 19 road games. Northern Illinois is 4-1 ATS in there last 5 games and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 home games. The under is 7-3 in Northern Illinois’ last 10 games. The road team is 5-1 ATS in these two teams last 6 head to head meetings. 

Both of these teams have faced some early season struggles and are looking to open up conference play with a win. Northern Illinois really struggles to score points, while Ball State struggles to get stops. Ball State is the better team in just about every statistic, so I am going with them on the road. 

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David’s Pick Ball State -2

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