Ball State at Northern Illinois: 1/27/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Ball State at Northern Illinois: 1/27/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Indiana Athletics-USA TODAY NETWORK

Northern Illinois Huskies (5-11) vs Ball State Cardinals (8-10)

Game Info: Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Convocation Center)

Betting Odds: Northern Illinois Huskies -4 -- Over/Under: 137 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Ball State Cardinals and Northern Illinois Huskies face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at the NIU Convocation Center. When these two teams faced off in January of 2021 it was Ball State that won 78-58. 

Ball State comes into this game with an 8-10 record overall and they have gone 8-9 against the spread. In the last game against Miami of Ohio, Ball State’s offense scored 81 points, and that was enough to come away with the 16 point victory. Ball State is averaging 74.2 points while their defense is giving up 76.7 points per game. Center Peyton Sparks has been the top player for Ball State averaging 12.6 points while shooting 55.1 percent from the field.There are four different players averaging at least 10 points per game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Northern Illinois Huskies who sit with a 5-11 record and they have gone 9-7 against the spread. In the last game against Ohio the offense scored only 62 points and that led to the 12 point defeat. Ohio is averaging 62.4 points while their defense is giving up 71.8 points per game. Mark Sears has been the top player for Ohio averaging 19.6 points while shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from behind the three point line. In this game, Ohio State’s defense is going to need to be good or it’s going to be a long game. 

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Northern Illinois is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games following a straight up loss. The over is 3-0-1  The under is 5-1 in Ball State’s last six games overall. The over is 4-1 in Northern Illinois last five home games. Northern Illinois is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games following a straight up loss. 

Away from home this season, Ball State has been a different team, and I think Northern Illinois is going to find success with their defense. With this being a lower scoring game, Northern Illinois is going to find success and the Huskies will cover the spread. Back Northern Illinois against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Northern Illinois -4

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