Northern Illinois Huskies vs Miami RedHawks Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northern Illinois Huskies vs Miami RedHawks
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Millett Hall in Oxford, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Northern Illinois (+7.5)
The Northern Illinois Huskies (1-8) head to Millett Hall on Saturday where they'll meet the Miami RedHawks (3-3). Northern Illinois opens this game as 7.5-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 130.
Northern Illinois enters this game with a record of 1-8 so far this year. They have an average of 58.9 points per contest (337th in the country) while connecting on 39.0% from the field. The Huskies are connecting on 25.2% on shots from beyond the arc (35 of 139) and 62.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, Northern Illinois is pulling down 36.7 rebounds per contest and has 86 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 268th in the nation in terms of passing. They turn it over 15.0 times per contest and as a group they are committing 17.8 fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Huskies are able to force 10.9 turnovers per game and they draw 16.1 fouls. The Huskies defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 47.4% (246 of 519) and they surrender 35.4 boards per contest as a unit. They are currently ranked 319th in the nation in giving up assists to the opposition with 164 surrendered this season. They give up 37.7% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 287th in college hoops in points per game allowed (76.4).
The Northern Illinois Huskies took the court against the Ohio Bobcats and went home with a loss by a final score of 76-73 in their last contest. Northern Illinois finished the game with a 45.8% FG percentage (27 out of 59) and knocked down 10 of their 21 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Huskies made 9 of 14 attempts for a percentage of 64.3%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they earned 34 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 13 assists in this contest as well as having 3 steals and 2 blocks. Pertaining to defending, Northern Illinois let their opponent shoot 45.8% from the field on 27 of 59 shooting. Ohio earned 21 assists and had 6 steals for the contest. Moreover, the Bobcats grabbed 24 rebounds (5 offensive, 19 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Ohio ended up shooting 70.6% when shooting free throws by making 12 of their 17 attempts. They also converted 8 of their 19 shots from long range.
Zool Kueth is one guy who came through for this game. He finished with 22 points on 8 out of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 31 mins and also totaled 7 boards. Kueth finished the game shooting 61.5% from the field and distributed 2 assists. Another guy that was a major factor in the matchup for the Huskies was Darius Beane. He totaled 4 rebounds and also tallied 3 dimes. He shot 35.7% from the floor for the game via 5-of-14 (16 points). At the conclusion of this game, Beane was on the hardwood for 39 minutes.
Miami has a win-loss mark of 3-3 so far this season. The RedHawks have committed 16.8 personal fouls every game while shooting 73.6% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 10.5 times per game (312th in the country) and they are turning it over 9.3 times per game. Miami has totaled 404 pts so far this year (67.3 per game) and they pull in 34.5 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the RedHawks are hitting on 40.4% from the floor, which is 312th in the country. The RedHawks defensively are ranked 175th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 69.7. The Miami defense allows 32.9% on shots from 3-point land (47 of 143) and their opposition makes 67.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 14.2 dimes and 38.5 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 251st and 288th in those categories. They are forcing 12.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 44.4% from the field (238th in the nation).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Miami RedHawks took a loss by a score of 69-68 when they faced the Bradley Braves. The RedHawks corralled 21 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 26 for the contest. They also blocked 2 shots while recording 4 steals in this game. The Braves committed 13 personal fouls in the matchup which got the RedHawks to the free throw line for a total of 9 shots. They were able to knock down 5 of those for a rate of 55.6%. In relation to three-point attempts, Miami knocked down 13 of 24 tries (54.2%). At the conclusion of this game, the RedHawks went 25 for 50 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.0%. The RedHawks allowed the Braves to make 27 out of their 60 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.0% in this matchup. They went 26.1% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 6 of 23 and finished the game at 9 out of 10 at the free throw line (90.0%). In regard to cleaning up the glass, Miami allowed Bradley to grab 31 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
Dae Dae Grant was important for the RedHawks in the game. He converted 6 of 14 for this game for a field goal percentage of 42.9%, which got him 17 points. Grant grabbed 3 boards in his 31 mins and accounted for 2 dimes in this game. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Miami was Dalonte Brown. He notched 17 points in 29 minutes on the court via 7 of 12 shooting for the game. Brown walked away from this one going 58.3% from the floor in addition to contributing 2 assists and 11 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Miami (-7.5)
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