Western Michigan vs Northern Illinois predictions 1/25/20 College Basketball Picks & Tips
Game: Western Michigan Broncos vs Northern Illinois Huskies
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Location: NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Northern Illinois -5.5
The Western Michigan Broncos head to NIU Convocation Center to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday, January 25, 2020. The opening line for this game has Northern Illinois as 5.5 point favorites.
Western Michigan comes into this game with an overall record of 9-10. They currently have a point differential of -1.4 as they are averaging 72.4 points per game while giving up 73.8 per contest. Northern Illinois has an overall record of 10-9. They are averaging 67.9 points per game and surrendering 65.3, good for a point differential of 2.7.
Valuable Western Michigan Broncos Betting Trends
The Western Michigan Broncos are 8-8-1 against the spread this season
The Western Michigan Broncos are 9-8-0 against the over/under this year
Important Northern Illinois Huskies Betting Trends
The Northern Illinois Huskies are 8-10-0 against the spread this season
The Northern Illinois Huskies are 6-11-1 against the over/under this year
Key Western Michigan Broncos Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Northern Illinois Huskies Injuries
No key injuries to report
Michael Flowers comes into this game averaging 17.8 points per contest while playing 32.3 minutes per night this year. He grabs 2.8 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.5 assists per game. His FG percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is 87%. Brandon Johnson averages 15.3 points per contest in 31.0 minutes per game. He averages 1.1 assists per game and 8.2 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% for the season while his free throw percentage is 70%.
Eugene German scores 20.0 points per contest while playing 32.7 minutes per game. He hauls in 4.3 rebounds per contest and has 2.7 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is at 73%. Lacey James averages 9.4 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 27.4 minutes per game. He also brings in 7.5 rebounds per game and has 0.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 73%.
Useful Team Statistics
Western Michigan averages 72.4 points per contest, which is 147th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is -1.4 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a unit, which has them ranked 235th. From 3-point territory they shoot 32%, which is good for 256th in the nation. They average 34.5 boards per contest and 11.8 assists per game, which ranks them 235th and 283rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 299th with 11.9 per game. The Broncos allow 73.8 points per contest, which is 285th in the NCAA. They also surrender a 44% shooting percentage and a 32% average from 3-point range, ranking them 227th and 135th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 38.1 rebounds a game which ranks 304th, and they allow 12.6 assists per game which puts them in 186th place in the country. They force 12.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 57th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
Northern Illinois is 269th in the nation with 67.9 points per contest this season. They are 304th in the country in shooting at 41%, while their average scoring margin is 2.7. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 146th in the NCAA. They are 33rd in D-1 in rebounding with 39.7 boards per contest and 331st in assists per game with 10.4. The Huskies are 244th in turnovers per contest with 12.6. The Huskies give up 65.3 points per game, which ranks them 84th in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 40% shooting percentage and a 30% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 51st and 44th in those defensive statistics. They rank 125th with 11.8 dimes allowed per game and 153rd with 34.7 boards surrendered per contest. The Huskies are 26th in the nation in forcing turnovers with 11.6 per contest this year.
The Broncos are 167th in the nation in offensive rating with 101.9. In terms of pace they are 190th in the country with 69.7 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 230th. As a team they are 179th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shots, ranking 145th in Division 1. Western Michigan is 304th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.8 times per 100 possessions.
Northern Illinois is 243rd in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.8 times per 100 possessions. The Huskies have an offensive rating of 99.8, which is ranked 213th. They are 264th in D-1 in pace with 68.1 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 47% is 294th. As a unit they are 301st in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 50% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 175th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Western Michigan/Northern Illinois college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Western Michigan +5.5
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