Northern Illinois Huskies vs Bowling Green Falcons Prediction, 2/4/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Northern Illinois Huskies vs Bowling Green Falcons
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Location: Stroh Center in Bowling Green, OH
Stroh Center is where the Bowling Green Falcons (10-12) will play the Northern Illinois Huskies (9-13) on Saturday.
The Northern Illinois Huskies played Western Michigan and walked away with a win by a score of 73-59 in their last contest. In relation to personal fouls, the Huskies ended up with 22 and Western Michigan accounted for 21 personal fouls. They also made 2 of their 22 tries from distance. Western Michigan ended up going 78.9% when shooting free throws by making 15 of 19 shots. On top of that, Western Michigan grabbed 43 boards (18 offensive, 25 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Western Michigan earned 10 dimes and had 3 steals for the contest. In relation to defending, Northern Illinois allowed 31.3% from the floor on 21 out of 67 shooting. They also dished out 15 assists for this contest while forcing 12 turnovers and having 5 steals. When discussing hauling in boards, they collected 35 with 10 of them being offensive. When they shot from the free throw line, the Huskies made 15 of their 22 attempts for a rate of 68.2%. Northern Illinois wrapped up the game with a 43.9% FG percentage (25 out of 57) and converted 8 of their 26 three-point attempts.
Kaleb Thornton is one player who was a contributor in this contest. He ended up going 62.5% from the floor and distributed 5 dimes. He saw the court for 38 mins and snagged 1 board. He notched 15 points on 5 out of 8 shooting.
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Northern Illinois will enter this contest with a record of 9-13 so far this year. They currently have an average of 70.5 points per outing (206th in Division 1) on 45.0% from the field. The Huskies are hitting 34.5% on shots from beyond the arc (162 of 470) and 67.3% from the free throw line. As a unit, Northern Illinois is collecting 32.8 boards per game and has accounted for 247 assists on the season, which has them ranked 325th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 15.0 times per game and as a team are committing 19.2 personal fouls per game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Huskies are forcing 13.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.3 fouls. They rank 205th in the nation in allowing assists to their opponents with 290 surrendered on the season. The Huskies defense is giving up a FG percentage of 44.9% (583 of 1,299) and they surrender 37.7 rebounds per game as a group. They are surrendering 33.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 320th in D-1 in points per game allowed (75.0).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Bowling Green Falcons went home defeated by a final of 69-60 when they faced Ball State. When talking about attacking the glass, Bowling Green allowed Ball State to get 35 in all (5 on the offensive side). They went 38.9% from beyond the perimeter by going 7 out of 18 and finished the contest at 16 of 29 from the charity stripe (55.2%). The Falcons allowed Ball State to convert 23 of 46 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.0% in this game. At the conclusion of this game, the Falcons finished the game shooting 23 for 56 from the field which had them shooting 41.1%. In relation to shots from beyond the perimeter, Bowling Green made 4 of their 11 attempts (36.4%). They were able to convert 10 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 71.4%. Ball State had 15 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Falcons to the charity stripe for a total of 14 shots. They turned the ball over 9 times, while getting 10 steals for the matchup. The Falcons snagged 25 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards for a total of 29 for this game.
Leon Ayers was important for the Falcons for the game. He buried 5 of 11 in the game for a field goal percentage of 45.5%, but didn't pull down a rebound. He tallied 14 points in his 35 minutes of playing time and had 3 assists in the matchup.
Bowling Green has a record of 10-12 on the season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Falcons are shooting 45.7% from the field, which is ranked 125th in college hoops. Bowling Green has scored 1,701 points so far this year (77.3 per contest) and they pull in 36.9 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.4 times per game (103rd in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.8 times per contest. The Falcons are responsible for committing 17.0 fouls every game and they go 75.2% from the charity stripe.
The Falcons are ranked 342nd in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 76.7. They are forcing their opponents into 11.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 45.2% from the field (287th in D-1). The Bowling Green defense allows 34.8% on 3-point attempts (177 of 508) and their opponents are knocking down 72.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 13.8 assists and 34.7 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 264th and 222nd in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Northern Illinois
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