Western Michigan Broncos vs Northern Illinois Huskies Prediction, 2/11/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Western Michigan Broncos vs Northern Illinois Huskies
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Location: NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL
NIU Convocation Center is where the Northern Illinois Huskies (10-14) will play the Western Michigan Broncos (6-18) on Saturday.
The Western Michigan Broncos faced off with Miami and ended up losing by a score of 85-78 in their last contest. In relation to fouls, the Broncos walked away with 22 while Miami totaled 15 fouls. They also converted 7 of their 23 attempts from long range. Miami ended up shooting 89.7% when shooting free throws by converting 26 of their 29 shots. Additionally, Miami pulled down 29 boards (9 offensive, 20 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Miami doled out 18 assists and had 4 steals in this matchup. When talking about the defense, Western Michigan allowed their opponent to shoot 46.4% from the field on 26 out of 56 shooting. They also doled out 13 assists for the contest as well as forcing the opposition into 7 turnovers and having 3 steals. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 32 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Broncos knocked down 7 of 12 attempts for a rate of 58.3%. Western Michigan ended with a 50.0% field goal percentage (31 of 62) and made 9 out of their 21 three-point attempts.
Seth Hubbard is someone who had an impact in this game. He walked away from this one shooting 66.7% from the floor and also dished out 1 assist. He was on the hardwood for 29 minutes played and also collected 2 boards. He finished with 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting.
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Western Michigan heads into this contest with a win-loss mark of 6-18 for the year. They cough up possession 12.9 times per game and as a team they commit 17.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Western Michigan is pulling in 37.9 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 316 assists so far this year, which ranks 186th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Broncos are hitting 33.8% on shots from 3-point land (191 of 565) and 72.3% from the charity stripe. They average 71.3 pts per contest (184th in Division 1) while going 44.0% from the field.
Defensively, the Broncos have forced 9.8 turnovers every game and they draw 16.2 fouls. They are giving up 35.9% on 3-point shots and they are 296th in Division 1 in points per game allowed (74.0). The Broncos defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.1% (636 of 1,381) and they surrender 31.5 boards per game as a unit. They currently rank 297th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 347 relinquished for the year.
The last time they took the court, the Northern Illinois Huskies walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 82-76 when they played Ohio. When it comes to rebounds, Northern Illinois allowed Ohio to grab 37 overall (8 on the offensive glass). They shot 45.5% from 3-point land by going 10 of 22 and ended up shooting 16 out of 20 from the charity stripe (80.0%). The Huskies permitted Ohio to knock down 28 out of 55 tries from the floor which left them shooting 50.9% for the contest. At the conclusion of this game, the Huskies finished the game shooting 28 for 61 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.9%. Regarding 3-pointers, Northern Illinois converted 5 of 19 attempts (26.3%). They were able to convert 15 of them for a rate of 65.2%. Ohio had 20 personal fouls for the contest which took the Huskies to the charity stripe for 23 attempts. They turned the ball over 9 times, while earning 7 steals for this contest. The Huskies were able to snag 21 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards totaling 27 for this game.
Kaleb Thornton pitched in for the Huskies for this contest. He converted 9 of 16 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 56.3%, and added 3 rebounds. He earned 21 points in his 39 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 8 dimes for the matchup.
Northern Illinois has a win-loss mark of 10-14 on the year. When it comes to offense, the Huskies are hitting on 45.4% from the floor, which is ranked 140th in the country. Northern Illinois has earned 1,712 pts on the campaign (71.3 per game) and they average 32.7 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 11.7 times per game (300th in the nation) and they turn it over 14.4 times per contest. The Huskies are responsible for committing 19.3 fouls every game and they connect on 67.3% from the free throw line.
The Northern Illinois defense concedes 33.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (175 of 520) and their opponents are converting on 68.6% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 13.3 assists and 37.7 boards per contest, which has them ranked 223rd and 339th in those categories. The Huskies defensively are ranked 327th in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 75.5. They are forcing 13.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.3% from the field (297th in the country).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Northern Illinois
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