Northern Illinois Huskies vs Ohio Bobcats Prediction, 1/5/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northern Illinois Huskies vs Ohio Bobcats
Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Location: Convocation Center in Athens, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Northern Illinois (+18)
Convocation Center is the site where and the Ohio Bobcats (5-4) will play the Northern Illinois Huskies (1-7) on Tuesday. The spread on this game has Ohio as 18-point favorites. The over/under is set at 135.
Northern Illinois will enter this matchup with a record of 1-7 on the year. They turn it over 15.5 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.8 fouls every game. As a team, Northern Illinois is pulling in 36.5 boards per contest and has racked up 73 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 284th in the country in terms of passing. The Huskies are connecting on 21.2% on 3-point shots (25 of 118) and 61.8% from the free throw line. They have an average of 57.1 pts per game (336th in D-1) while going 38.2% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Huskies are able to force 11.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.3 personal fouls. The Huskies defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 47.2% (218 of 462) and they surrender 36.4 boards per game as a basketball team. They are 296th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 143 conceded for the season. They are relinquishing 37.3% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 284th in college basketball in PPG allowed (76.5).
The Northern Illinois Huskies faced the Bowling Green Falcons and went home with a loss by a final score of 68-42 in their last contest. Northern Illinois ended the game having earned a 33.3% field goal percentage (18 of 54) and made 2 of their 11 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Huskies made 4 of 12 shots for a rate of 33.3%. Regarding getting rebounds, they earned 34 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 5 assists in the game in addition to having 7 steals and 3 blocks. Concerning the defense, Northern Illinois let their opponent shoot 33.3% from the floor on 18 out of 54 shooting. Bowling Green distributed 12 dimes and had 9 steals in this contest. In addition, the Falcons had 29 rebounds (7 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Bowling Green ended up shooting 60.0% from the charity stripe by making 6 of 10 tries. They also knocked down 6 out of their 23 tries from 3-point land.
Darius Beane is a player who was a major factor in this contest. He racked up 13 points on 5 out of 14 shooting. He played for 35 minutes and also pulled down 5 rebounds. Beane finished shooting 35.7% from the field and earned 2 assists. Another guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Huskies was Tyler Cochran. He collected 7 rebounds and accounted for 2 assists. He shot 45.5% from the field for the matchup by shooting 5-of-11 (11 points). Overall, Cochran was on the court for 23 min.
Ohio has a win-loss mark of 5-4 so far this year. On the offensive side of the court, the Bobcats are connecting on 48.8% from the floor, which is 55th in the country. Ohio has totaled 726 pts so far this year (80.7 per game) and they pull in 34.2 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 17.3 times per contest (36th in college basketball) and they turn it over 12.0 times per game. The Bobcats are committing 16.6 personal fouls every game and they go 64.7% from the free throw line. The Bobcats on the defensive end are ranked 230th in college basketball in PPG given up with 72.2. The Ohio defense gives up 33.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter (64 of 193) and their opposition knocks down 78.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 13.3 dimes and 32.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 207th and 86th in the country. They are forcing 14.9 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.0% from the floor (225th in college hoops).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Ohio Bobcats got the victory with a final of 78-68 against the Ball State Cardinals. The Bobcats were able to snag 20 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 27 in this matchup. They rejected 3 shots while recording 8 steals for the game. The Cardinals had 14 fouls for the contest which took the Bobcats to the free throw line for 13 attempts. They were able to make 9 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 69.2%. Pertaining to three-point shots, Ohio knocked down 7 out of 18 attempts (38.9%). Overall, the Bobcats finished shooting 31 for 56 from the field which gave them a rate of 55.4%. The Bobcats permitted the Cardinals to bury 26 of 56 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 46.4% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 36.0% from distance by going 9 of 25 and ended up going 7 out of 9 at the free throw line (77.8%). With respect to rebounding, Ohio allowed Ball State to pull down 23 in total (6 on the offensive glass).
Ben Roderick ended up being a major contributor for the Bobcats in the game. He knocked down 7 out of 12 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 58.3%, which had him finishing with 20 points. Roderick pulled down 2 boards in his 29 mins and tallied 2 assists for this game. Another guy who was a determining factor for Ohio was Mark Sears. He finished with 18 points in 35 minutes on the court via 7 of 12 from the floor in the matchup. Sears finished going 58.3% from the floor as well as totaling 8 assists and 6 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Ohio (-18) and over 135 points
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