Betting on today’s Huskies and Hawkeyes game? Catch the action at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA, as the Hawkeyes hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on B1G+. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 167.5 points, and the Hawkeyes are favored to win at home vs. the Huskies.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES VS IOWA HAWKEYES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Northern Illinois Huskies +16.5

This game will be played at Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 7:00 ET on Friday, December 29th.

WHY BET THE NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Hawkeyes.
  • Even though we have Iowa winning straight-up, we like Northern Illinois at +16.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 167.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Do the Huskies Stand a Chance on the Road?

Northern Illinois is set to play their 12th game of the season and currently have a 6-5 record. In away games, the Huskies have a 2-3 record, while they have a perfect 2-0 record at home. Northern Illinois has a 5-2 record vs. the spread heading into today’s game. This includes a 3-2 record on the road and a perfect 2-0 record at home.

Through 11 games, Northern Illinois has an over/under record of 5-2-0 with their games averaging a combined 160.7 points per game so far. The Huskies have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 147 points per game and an over/under record of 1-3.

The Northern Illinois offense is coming off a game where they scored 71 points against Monmouth. They posted a field goal percentage of 46% and connected on 5 threes. One area that the Northern Illinois offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 9th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 47%.

At this time, the Huskies’ defense is positioned 239th in the country, permitting 76.4 points per game. Northern Illinois’ three-point defense is currently 71st in the country at 6.1 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 37.5% of their shots vs. Northern Illinois.

Will the Hawkeyes Come Through as Home Favorites?

Iowa has a 7-5 record through 12 games. In their last ten home games, Iowa has a 7-3 record, including last year. As Iowa prepares to face Northern Illinois, their against the spread (ATS) record stands at 3-6. In their last ten games this season, Iowa has gone 1-4 vs. the spread.

Through 12 games, Iowa has an over/under record of 6-3-0 with their games averaging a combined 163.9 points per game so far. In the Hawkeyes’ last five games, the combined scoring average stands at 160 points per game, accompanied by an over/under record of 3-2.

Iowa offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 65 points against Iowa State. In that game, they made 8/26 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 38.6%. Currently leading the team in scoring is Ben Krikke who comes into today’s matchup averaging 16.8. Payton Sandfort also heads into the game with a PPG average of 13.7.

At this time, the Hawkeyes’ defense is positioned 222nd in the country, permitting 75.3 points per game. So far, the Iowa defense is giving up an average of 10.2 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 9.6 times per game (354th).