Ohio at Northern Illinois: 3/4/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Ohio at Northern Illinois: 3/4/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Northern Illinois Huskies (8-21) vs Ohio Bobcats (23-7)

Game Info: Friday, March 4, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Convocation Center)

Betting Odds: Northern Illinois Huskies +8.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Ohio Bobcats and Northern Illinois Huskies face off on Friday in a MAC college basketball showdown at the NIU Convocation Center. When these two teams faced off on January 25th it was Ohio that won 74-62. 

Mark Sears was the best player for Ohio scoring 26 points. Keshawn Williams was the top player for Northern Illinois scoring 12 points. 

Ohio comes into this game with a 23-7 record overall and they have gone 13-16 against the spread. In the last game against Bowling Green, Ohio was competitive, but they were defeated by three points. Ohio is averaging 74.8 points while their defense is giving up 67.7 points per game. Mark Sears has been the top player for Ohio this season averaging 19.4 points while shooting 45 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from behind the three point line.

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On the other side of this matchup is the Northern Illinois Huskies who sit with an 8-21 record and they have gone 18-11 against the spread. In the last game against Kent State, the offense could only score 55 points and that led to the defeat. Northern Illinois is averaging 64.3 points while their defense is giving up 72 points per game. Keshawn Williams has been the top player for Northern Illinois averaging 16.4 points while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from behind the three point line. 

Northern Illinois is 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games. Ohio is 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games against a team with a home winning percentage of less than .400. Northern Illinois is 6-0 against the spread in their last six games following an against the spread win. The under is 6-0 in the Bobcats last 6 games as a road favorite of 7.0-12.5.

Northern Illinois has covered the spread in the last seven games, and there is no reason why it won’t happen again in this game. Look for Northern Illinois to find a little bit of defensive success and that will be enough to cover the spread. Back Northern Illinois against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Northern Illinois +8.5

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