Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Cardinals and Huskies. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Huskies at NIU Convocation Center in Dekalb, IL. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this Mid-American conference contest is set at 145.5 points, with Northern Illinois being favored by -1 at home against Ball State.


The Pick: Northern Illinois Huskies -1

This game will be played at NIU Convocation Center at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, February 20th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Huskies.
  • Not only will Northern Illinois pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can the Cardinals Pull Off a Win at Dekalb?

Ball State has not been playing well recently, as they have lost three straight games. Their record for the season is 12-13, including a 4-8 mark in Mid-American Conference games. They have gone 8-5 in non-conference games.

On the road, the Cardinals have struggled, going 4-8. Their average scoring margin in these games is -5.8 points per game. They are coming off a 80-59 loss to Miami (OH) and have gone 1-2 in their last three road games.

Ball State’s ATS record this season is 13-10, including a mark of 6-6 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Cardinals have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

Ball State’s over/under record this season is 11-11-1. So far, the average point total in their games is 145.7, which is slightly higher than the average over/under line of 143.8. This year, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 145.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 143 points.

In their most recent game, the Ball State offense put up just 59 points vs. the Miami (OH) RedHawks. Overall, they are now averaging 74.1 points per game which is 197th in the country. Offensively, the Cardinals have a season long field goal percentage of 45%, which is 178th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 52nd in percentage and 159th in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the Ball State defense is giving up an average of 71.2 points per contest. Ball State’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Miami (OH) offense to knock down 51% of their shots on their way to putting up 80 points.

Will Northern Illinois Make it Happen at Home?

After losing their most recent game to Kent State by a score of 85-47, the Northern Illinois Huskies have an overall record of 9-16 this season. In Mid-American Conference play, they are 3-9, and their record at home is 4-6. As the favorite, they are 3-1, and they have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games at home.

So far, the Huskies have played 25 games, and their record against non-conference opponents is 6-7. On the road, Northern Illinois has gone 3-10, and their average scoring margin in these games is -10.6. They have lost two games in a row on the road.

As the favorite, Northern Illinois has gone 2-2 against the spread this season and 6-4 over their last 10 games as the favorite. At home, the Huskies have an ATS record of 3-7 this year and are just 2-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.

Over their last three games, the over/under record for Northern Illinois is 0-3. So far this season, their over/under record is 12-11. In their games, the average scoring total is 152.9 points compared to an average over/under line of 151.7. Today’s over/under line is set at 145.5 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Northern Illinois offense tallied 47 points in a matchup against Kent State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 34.8%, and they made 4 threes. Ethan Butler led the team in scoring, putting up 17 points. Additionally, David Coit contributed 14 points for the Huskies.

Coming into today’s game, the Northern Illinois defense is giving up an average of 78.4 points per contest. Northern Illinois’ three-point defense is currently 156th in the country at 7.3 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 43.6% of their shots vs. Northern Illinois.