Northern Illinois at Western Michigan: 2/1/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Northern Illinois at Western Michigan: 2/1/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Indiana Athletics-USA TODAY NETWORK

Western Michigan Broncos (4-16) vs Northern Illinois Huskies (5-13)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm (University Arena in Read Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Western Michigan Broncos -1 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northern Illinois Huskies and Western Michigan Broncos face off on Tuesday in a college basketball showdown at University Arena. When these two teams faced off in March of 2021 it was Western Michigan that won 73-63. 

Northern Illinois comes into this game with a 5-13 record and they have gone 9-9 against the spread. The Huskies have lost five games in a row including the last game against Central Michigan. The offense could only manage 63 points and that led to the six point defeat. The Huskies are averaging only 62.7 points while their defense is giving up 71.7 points per game. Keshawn Williams has been the best player for Northern Illinois averaging 15.8 points while shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from behind the three point line.

On the other side of this matchup is the Western Michigan Broncos who sit with a 4-16 record and they have gone 7-9-1 against the spread. In the last game against Ball State the defense really struggled giving up 83 points including 46 points in the first half. Western Michigan is averaging 66.1 points while their defense is giving up 78 points per game. Lamar Norman Jr has been the top player for Western Michigan averaging 19.6 points while shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Northern Illinois is 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games. Western Michigan is 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 home games against a team with a losing road record. The over is 4-0 in Western Michigan’s last four games. The over is 5-1 in Western Michigan’s last six games played on Tuesday.

These are the two worst teams in the MAC and the winner of this game could very well finish second to last in the conference. Northern Illinois is the better defensive team, and they will slow down the Broncos offense. It might not be the prettiest game, but Northern Illinois will get the job done. Back Northern Illinois to come away with the cover of the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Northern Illinois +1

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