Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Northern Illinois Huskies Prediction, 3/3/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Northern Illinois Huskies
Date: Friday, March 3, 2023
Location: NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL
The Eastern Michigan Eagles (8-22) are hitting the road to NIU Convocation Center on Friday where they will take on the Northern Illinois Huskies (12-18).
The Eastern Michigan Eagles faced off with Bowling Green and ended up losing by a score of 88-68 in their last game. When it comes to fouls, the Eagles ended up with 20 while Bowling Green recorded 16 fouls. They also converted 7 of their 19 shots from downtown. Bowling Green finished shooting 72.2% from the free throw line by knocking down 13 of their 18 shots. Additionally, Bowling Green grabbed 30 rebounds (9 offensive, 21 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Bowling Green distributed 17 assists and had 5 steals for this contest. When talking about defending, Eastern Michigan allowed 54.8% from the floor on 34 out of 62 shooting. They also recorded 6 assists for the game in addition to forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and earning 3 steals. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they earned 24 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. From the free throw line, the Eagles made 17 of their 22 attempts for a rate of 77.3%. Eastern Michigan finished with a 46.2% FG percentage (24 of 52) and converted 3 out of their 12 3-point attempts.
Orlando Lovejoy is someone who was a contributor for the matchup. He shot 54.5% from the floor but finished the game without an assist. He saw the court for 30 mins and grabbed 3 rebounds. He was able to score 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting.
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Eastern Michigan heads into this contest with a win-loss mark of 8-22 on the year. They lose possession via turnover 11.9 times per game and as a team they are committing 19.2 fouls every game. As a team, Eastern Michigan is collecting 31.5 rebounds per game and has totaled 289 assists on the campaign, which ranks 355th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Eagles are shooting 31.7% on 3-point shots (187 of 590) and 77.1% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 72.4 points per contest (165th in Division 1) while hitting 44.0% from the field.
On the defensive end of the court, the Eagles are forcing their opponents into 12.3 turnovers every game and they draw 16.5 personal fouls. They give up 33.9% on shots from downtown and they are 358th in D-1 in PPG allowed (80.7). The Eagles are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 48.2% (859 of 1,784) and they surrender 36.9 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are 218th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 395 surrendered for the season.
When they last played, the Northern Illinois Huskies took a loss by a score of 85-75 against Buffalo. The Huskies were able to pull down 22 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive boards totaling 25 in the matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while getting 5 steals for the matchup. Buffalo committed 18 personal fouls in the game which took the Huskies to the charity stripe for a total of 18 shots. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 61.1%. When it comes to shooting from beyond the arc, Northern Illinois made 8 out of their 23 attempts (34.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Huskies finished 28 out of 57 from the field which gave them a percentage of 49.1%. The Huskies allowed Buffalo to knock down 32 of their 59 tries from the field which had them shooting 54.2% for the contest. They shot 33.3% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 7 of 21 and ended up going 14 of 20 at the free throw line (70.0%). With respect to rebounding, Northern Illinois permitted Buffalo to pull down 35 in total (6 on the offensive glass).
David Coit was important for the Huskies for the contest. He buried 7 of 12 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 58.3%, and tallied 1 rebound. He scored 18 points in his 31 minutes of playing time and tallied 2 dimes for the contest.
Northern Illinois has a record of 12-18 this year. When it comes to offense, the Huskies are hitting on 46.0% from the field, which ranks them 94th in the nation. Northern Illinois has earned 2,162 points this year (72.1 per game) and they grab 33.0 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 12.3 times per contest (254th in the country) and they lose possession via turnover 14.2 times per contest. The Huskies are committing 19.3 personal fouls every game and they go 65.2% from the free throw line.
The Huskies on the defensive side of the court are 319th in college hoops in PPG allowed with 75.3. They are forcing 13.7 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 45.0% from the field (277th in college basketball). The Northern Illinois defense concedes 33.3% on shots from distance (218 of 655) and their opponents are making 69.7% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 13.1 dimes and 37.7 rebounds every game, which ranks 213th and 340th in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Northern Illinois
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