Northern Illinois Huskies vs Ball State Cardinals Prediction, 2/14/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Northern Illinois Huskies vs Ball State Cardinals
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Location: Worthen Arena in Muncie, IN
Worthen Arena is the site where the Ball State Cardinals (18-7) will compete against the Northern Illinois Huskies (11-14) on Tuesday.
The Northern Illinois Huskies faced Western Michigan and earned the victory with a final of 81-53 in their last contest. When it comes to fouls, the Huskies ended up finishing with 17 and Western Michigan finished the game with 13 fouls. They also converted 5 of 26 attempts from downtown. Western Michigan went 63.2% from the free throw line by burying 12 of 19 tries. Furthermore, Western Michigan collected 29 rebounds (8 offensive, 21 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Western Michigan earned 7 assists and had 3 steals in the game. In relation to the defense, Northern Illinois allowed the other team to go 33.3% from the floor on 18 of 54 shooting. They also dished out 19 dimes for this game while creating 11 turnovers and having 6 steals. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 38 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. From the charity stripe, the Huskies knocked down 7 of 14 attempts for a rate of 50.0%. Northern Illinois wrapped up the contest having earned a 52.5% FG percentage (32 out of 61) and knocked down 10 out of their 22 three-point attempts.
Zarique Nutter is a guy who was important in this game. He finished the contest at 53.8% from the floor but didn't record a dime. He was on the court for 27 mins and pulled down 2 rebounds. He accounted for 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting.
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Northern Illinois heads into this game with a win-loss record of 11-14 on the year. They turn the ball over 14.3 times per contest and as a group they are committing 19.2 fouls every game. As a team, Northern Illinois is pulling in 33.1 boards per contest and is sitting with 300 dimes for the campaign, which is 290th in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Huskies are connecting on 34.8% on shots from 3-point land (187 of 538) and 66.8% from the free throw line. They average 71.7 pts per game (175th in D-1) while connecting on 45.7% from the field.
On the defensive end of the court, the Huskies are forcing 13.7 turnovers every game and they draw 17.2 fouls. They give up 33.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 307th in college hoops in PPG allowed (74.6). The Huskies are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 44.9% (659 of 1,469) and they concede 37.4 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 190th in D-1 in giving up assists with 326 surrendered on the campaign.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Ball State Cardinals walked away with a victory by a final of 93-72 against Bowling Green. Concerning how they rebounded, Ball State allowed Bowling Green to snag 31 in total (10 offensive). They shot 30.0% from downtown by connecting on 6 out of 20 and finished the contest at 20 of 31 from the free throw line (64.5%). The Cardinals allowed Bowling Green to bury 23 of 56 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 41.1% in this game. Overall, the Cardinals went 34 out of 61 from the floor which gave them a rate of 55.7%. With respect to shots from beyond the perimeter, Ball State buried 12 of 27 tries (44.4%). They were able to bury 13 of them for a percentage of 52.0%. Bowling Green was called for 22 fouls for this contest which took the Cardinals to the free throw line for a total of 25 shots. They turned the ball over 9 times, while getting 3 steals in the game. The Cardinals collected 27 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 37 for this contest.
Payton Sparks was important for the Cardinals for this contest. He racked up 18 points in his 24 minutes on the court and had 3 assists for this contest. He buried 8 of 11 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 72.7%, and accounted for 8 rebounds.
Ball State has a win-loss mark of 18-7 this season. As an offensive unit, the Cardinals are shooting 47.5% from the floor, which ranks them 41st in the nation. Ball State has scored 1,906 pts this year (76.2 per contest) and they collect 36.1 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 13.1 times per contest (185th in Division 1) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.4 times per game. The Cardinals are committing 16.3 personal fouls per contest and they hit 66.5% from the charity stripe.
The Ball State defense concedes 36.6% on shots from distance (172 of 470) and opponents are converting on 71.4% of their free throw shots. They have surrendered 9.3 dimes and 32.6 boards every game, which ranks 11th and 92nd in college basketball. The Cardinals on the defensive side of the court are 172nd in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 69.1. They are forcing 12.2 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 43.2% from the field (160th in the country).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Northern Illinois
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