Northern Illinois vs Kent State Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/9/23

Kent State Golden Flashes (25-6) vs Northern Illinois Huskies (13-17)

Game Info: Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 4:00 pm (Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Kent State Golden Flashes -12 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northern Illinois Huskies and Kent State Golden Flashes face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown in the MAC Tournament at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. When these two teams faced off on January 24th it was Northern Illinois that secured the 86-76 victory. 

Northern Illinois Betting Preview

Northern Illinois comes into this game with a 13-18 record overall and they have gone 16-12 against the spread. In the last game against Eastern Illinois, the offense scored 85 points and that led to the 19 point victory. Zarique Nutter had a strong game finishing with 19 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Northern Illinois is averaging 72.5 points while their defense is giving up 75 points. David Coit has been the top player for Northern Illinois averaging 15.7 points while shooting 47.2 percent from the field. 

Kent State Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Kent State who sits with a 25-6 record overall and they have gone and they have gone 18-10-1 against the spread. Kent State has won three games in a row and the offense has been elite heading into this game. In the last game against Akron, Kent State scored 89 points and that was enough to secure the five point victory. Two games ago against Ohio they secured an 82-75 victory. Kent State is averaging 76 points while their defense is giving up 65.4 points per game. Sincere Carry is averaging 17.4 points while shooting 40.9 percent from the field. 

Northern Illinois vs Kent State Trends

Northern Illinois is 0-4 against the spread in their last four games played on a neutral site. The over is 7-0 in Northern Illinois last seven games following a straight up win. The over 8-1 in Northern Illinois last nine games following an against the spread win. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Northern Illinois already has a win over Kent State and in that game they scored 86 points. Northern Illinois is averaging 72.5 points but they are going to go over that number here. Kent State is also averaging 76 points per game and they are going to have no issue running up the score also. This game is going to be a shootout, and the over is going to cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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