Northern Illinois Huskies vs Eastern Michigan Eagles Prediction, 2/27/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northern Illinois Huskies vs Eastern Michigan Eagles
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Location: Convocation Center (MI) in Ypsilanti, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Northern Illinois (+4)
Convocation Center (MI) is the venue where and the Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-11) will take on the Northern Illinois Huskies (2-14) on Saturday. Eastern Michigan opens this matchup as 4-point favorites. The O/U is set at 132.5.
Northern Illinois will play this contest with a win-loss mark of 2-14 on the year. They are averaging 61.6 pts per game (337th in D-1) while hitting 40.1% from the floor. The Huskies are hitting 31.4% on 3-pointers (83 of 264) and 60.3% from the free throw line. As a team, Northern Illinois is pulling in 36.0 boards per contest and is sitting with 177 dimes on the season, which is 316th in the country in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 14.3 times per contest and as a team they are committing 18.2 personal fouls every game. On the defensive end of the court, the Huskies are forcing their opponents into 11.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 15.8 fouls. They are giving up 37.8% on shots from distance and they are 309th in college basketball in PPG allowed (77.1). The Huskies defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.7% (431 of 923) and they relinquish 36.7 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are 196th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 264 surrendered on the campaign.
The Northern Illinois Huskies faced off with the Buffalo Bulls and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 102-74 in their last game. Northern Illinois ended the game with a 40.8% field goal percentage (29 out of 71) and made 5 of 14 three-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Huskies buried 11 of 18 tries for a rate of 61.1%. Pertaining to getting rebounds, they earned a total of 22 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 15 dimes for this game while forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and earning 10 steals. In reference to defending, Northern Illinois allowed 56.0% from the floor on 42 out of 75 shooting. Buffalo doled out 15 assists and had 4 steals in this contest. Moreover, Buffalo collected 50 rebounds (17 offensive, 33 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Buffalo went 83.3% at the charity stripe by converting 15 of their 18 shots. They made 3 of their 12 shots from three-point range.
Tyler Cochran is one player who was a contributor in this matchup. He left the arena with 26 points on 11 of 20 shooting. He saw the court for 36 mins and also grabbed 6 boards. Cochran walked away from this one shooting 55.0% from the floor and also distributed 3 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in this matchup for the Huskies was Trendon Hankerson. He had 3 rebounds in his 31 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up shooting 45.5% from the field in this contest by connecting on 5-of-11 (13 points). At the conclusion of this game, Hankerson accounted for 4 assists.
Eastern Michigan has a record of 4-11 on the year. Eastern Michigan has tallied 1,047 pts for the year (69.8 per game) and they pull in 33.1 boards per contest. The Eagles commit 15.4 fouls per contest and they connect on 75.8% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Eagles are connecting on 41.2% from the field, which is 316th in the nation. They are earning an assist 10.9 times per contest (315th in college basketball) and they turn it over 13.0 times per contest. The Eagles on the defensive side of the court are 297th in college basketball in points given up per game with 76.1. The Eastern Michigan defense gives up 37.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (145 of 387) and their opponents are knocking down 65.9% of their free throw attempts. They give up 18.2 dimes and 37.5 rebounds per game, which ranks them 342nd and 289th in D-1. They are forcing 15.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 48.2% from the floor (335th in the country).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Eastern Michigan Eagles took a defeat with a final score of 86-67 when they faced the Ohio Bobcats. The Eagles collected 15 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards totaling 20 in this contest. They coughed it up 12 times, while getting 8 steals in the game. The Bobcats were called for 11 personal fouls in the game which took the Eagles to the free throw line for 14 attempts. They were able to convert 11 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 78.6%. Concerning shots from downtown, Eastern Michigan converted 8 out of their 21 attempts (38.1%). In all, the Eagles ended up shooting 24 out of 55 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 43.6%. The Eagles allowed the Bobcats to knock down 34 of their 61 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 55.7% for the matchup. They finished the game shooting 44.4% from 3-point land by shooting 12 of 27 and ended up shooting 6 out of 10 from the charity stripe (60.0%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, Eastern Michigan permitted Ohio to snag 35 in total (9 offensive).
Ty Groce pitched in for the Eagles in this game. He converted 7 out of 12 for the game for a field goal percentage of 58.3%, and totaled 6 rebounds. Groce had 18 points in his 39 mins on the court and totaled 3 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Eastern Michigan was Miles Gibson. He walked away with no assists in his 20 minutes played, and he converted 3 out of 10 from the floor. Gibson ended the game having shot 30.0% from the floor in addition to collecting 8 points and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Northern Illinois (+4)
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