Northern Illinois Huskies vs Kent State Golden Flashes Prediction, 2/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northern Illinois Huskies vs Kent State Golden Flashes
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Location: M.A.C. Center in Kent, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Northern Illinois (+14.5)
M.A.C. Center is the venue where and the Kent State Golden Flashes (11-5) will take on the Northern Illinois Huskies (2-10) on Saturday. The spread on this game has Kent State as 14.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 138.
Northern Illinois heads into this matchup with a mark of 2-10 this year. They cough up possession 15.0 times per contest and as a group are committing 17.7 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Northern Illinois is snagging 36.2 rebounds per contest and has earned 126 assists on the year, which is 325th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Huskies are connecting on 29.0% from downtown (56 of 193) and 62.4% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 59.4 points per game (343rd in the country) while hitting 39.8% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Huskies are able to force 10.9 turnovers per game and they draw 15.9 personal fouls. They are 160th in college basketball in giving up assists with 206 surrendered for the year. The Huskies are allowing a field goal percentage of 47.2% (322 of 682) and they surrender 34.8 rebounds per game as a squad. They are giving up 38.2% on 3-point shots and they are 282nd in college basketball in opponents PPG (75.1).
The Northern Illinois Huskies faced off with the Ball State Cardinals and ended up losing by a score of 78-58 in their last contest. Northern Illinois finished the game having earned a 34.9% FG percentage (22 of 63) and converted 8 of 23 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Huskies made 6 of their 8 shots for a rate of 75.0%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 34 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 13 assists for the contest while earning 4 steals and 2 rejections. Pertaining to defending, Northern Illinois let their opponent shoot 34.9% from the floor on 22 out of 63 shooting. Ball State earned 13 dimes and had 8 steals in this game. In addition, the Cardinals had 36 boards (9 offensive, 27 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Ball State finished shooting 75.0% when shooting free throws by burying 18 of their 24 shots. They also knocked down 8 of 21 shots from beyond the arc.
Zool Kueth is one guy who was a contributor for the game. He finished with 15 points on 5 out of 9 shooting. He saw the court for 23 mins and pulled down 2 rebounds. Kueth shot 55.6% from the floor but had no assists when the game ended. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Huskies was Trendon Hankerson. He pulled down 4 boards and also had 3 dimes. He finished the game shooting 25.0% from the floor in this contest by shooting 4-of-16 (12 points). When the game finished, Hankerson saw the court for 40 minutes.
Kent State has a mark of 11-5 on the campaign. Kent State has totaled 1,279 points this year (79.9 per contest) and they pull down 40.5 boards per game. The Golden Flashes commit 17.2 personal fouls every game and they shoot 76.5% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Golden Flashes are hitting on 45.4% from the field, which has them ranked 124th in the country. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 15.1 times per contest (77th in the country) and they turn it over 13.8 times per game. The Golden Flashes on the defensive end are ranked 227th in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 71.9. They relinquish 12.6 dimes and 33.4 total boards per game, which is ranked 148th and 104th in those defensive categories. The Kent State defense gives up 32.8% from downtown (133 of 405) and their opponents are converting on 72.2% of their free throw attempts. They have forced 13.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.5% from the field (96th in the country).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Kent State Golden Flashes went home victorious with a score of 71-67 against the Bowling Green Falcons. The Golden Flashes were able to collect 27 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 in the game. They rejected 3 attempts while getting 7 steals in the matchup. The Falcons had 15 personal fouls for the game which took the Golden Flashes to the free throw line for 13 shots. They were able to convert 12 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 92.3%. In terms of 3-point attempts, Kent State made 7 of 22 attempts (31.8%). Overall, the Golden Flashes finished 26 out of 60 from the field which had them at 43.3%. The Golden Flashes allowed the Falcons to bury 26 out of 65 tries from the field which had them shooting 40.0% in the matchup. They went 30.0% from downtown by connecting on 9 of 30 and finished the game at 6 of 8 at the free throw line (75.0%). When discussing attacking the glass, Kent State allowed Bowling Green to pull down 33 in all (10 offensive).
Tervell Beck ended up being a major contributor for the Golden Flashes in the matchup. He converted 7 of 13 for this contest giving him a rate of 53.8%, which got him 18 points. Beck snagged 4 boards in his 32 mins and had 4 assists for the matchup. One more player who came through for Kent State was Danny Pippen. He notched 16 points in 34 minutes played by going 6 of 15 from the floor in this matchup. Pippen walked away from this one going 40.0% from the field while totaling 2 assists and 11 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kent State (-14.5)
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