The Western Michigan Broncos (11-17, 4-11 MAC), who are currently on a five-game losing streak, will attempt to get back in the win column when they welcome the Northern Illinois Huskies (17-11, 10-5 MAC) to University Arena in Read Fieldhouse. Action begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Western Michigan Broncos Odds Preview
In the Huskies’ last outing, they barely escaped the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 73-71. Eugene German was the top scorer from either team with 27 points on 9-for-18 shooting. The Huskies had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 46.9 (above their season average of 31.1) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.576 (above their season average of 0.473).
The Broncos are hoping for a better outcome after their 71-61 loss to the Ball State Cardinals in their last outing. With 12 points and seven rebounds, Brandon Johnson had a solid game for Western Michigan. Ball State did a great job of making free throws (19-23; 82.6 percent). Western Michigan, on the other hand, forced the Cardinals into a turnover percentage of 24.6 (above their season average of 16.7).
It might be a tough game for Western Michigan on the offensive glass. The Broncos are among the nation’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 290th in offensive rebounding percentage at 24.5 percent. Meanwhile, Northern Illinois ranks 38th in the NCAA at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 75.7 percent.
These two squads have already met once this season. The Huskies won 58-52. The Huskies played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 38.6 and a turnover percentage of 11.7. For those same stats, the Broncos had marks of 25.0 and 15.3, respectively. Trendon Hankerson had a standout performance in the victory, producing 11 points and five rebounds.
Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Western Michigan Broncos Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Northern Illinois, ATS Winner – Northern Illinois, O/U – Under
Western Michigan ranks 173rd in three pointers attempted per game (21.4) while Northern Illinois ranks 249th in three pointers allowed per game (24.4).
The Broncos’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.6, up from 3.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Huskies have scored an average of 66.2 points per game (0.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.8 points per game (2.5 above their season average).