Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Huskies and Bobcats. The game is starting at 2:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Bobcats at Convocation Center (OH) in Athens, OH. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 155 points, and the Bobcats are favored to win at home against the Huskies.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES VS OHIO BOBCATS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Northern Illinois Huskies +7.5

This game will be played at Convocation Center (OH) at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Bobcats.
  • Even though we have Ohio winning straight-up, we like Northern Illinois at +7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 155 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will Northern Illinois Make it Happen on the Road?

Heading into today’s game, the Northern Illinois Huskies are 6-7 overall and are riding a six-game losing streak. They are also 3-7 this season as the underdog.

In their last game, the Huskies faced Akron and lost by a score of 73-51. Over their last 10 road games, Northern Illinois is just 3-7.

As the underdog this season, Northern Illinois has gone 4-6 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS record is 3-3 so far this year and over their last 10 road games, they are 6-4 vs. the spread. However, over their last 3 games as the underdog and last 5 games as the underdog, the Huskies are 0-3 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Northern Illinois games is 6-5 and today’s line of 155 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (153.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 146 points and their OU record during that stretch is 1-2. On the year, 7 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

In their recent matchup, the Northern Illinois offense ended with 51 points against Akron. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 32.1% and made 4 threes. David Coit is leading the team in scoring at 18.2 points per contest. Zarique Nutter has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 15.2 going into the game.

Currently, the Huskies’ defense holds the 261st rank in the nation, allowing 78.0 points per game. In their previous game vs. Akron, the Zips finished with a field goal percentage of 32% and a total of 73 points vs. Northern Illinois.

Can The Bobcats Secure a Home Victory?

After starting the season with a 5-1 record at home, the Ohio Bobcats have dropped four straight games in front of their home crowd. Their most recent loss came at the hands of Toledo, as they fell by a score of 86-77. So far this season, Ohio has been favored in 11 of their 13 games and are favored by 7.5 points today.

Overall, the Bobcats are just 6-7 on the year and have lost five straight games. In their one conference game, Ohio fell to a record of 0-1. Over their last 10 games at home, the Bobcats have gone just 5-5, and their average scoring margin at home this season is +2.7 points per game.

As the favorite this season, Ohio has an ATS record of just 3-8. They have also struggled vs. the spread at home this year, going 3-7. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bobcats are just 2-8 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record for Ohio sits at 6-6. For the year, the average scoring total in their games is 151.9 points, which is 1.9 points lower than today’s over/under line of 155. So far, 7 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 155. Over their last three games, their games have averaged 147 points compared to their season average of 151 points per game.

In their most recent game, the Bobcats’ offense tallied 77 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 79.2 points per game. The top scorer for the Bobcats was Elmore James with 17 points, while Shereef Mitchell also chipped in with 16 points.

At present, the Bobcats’ defense is nationally ranked 150th, allowing 71.5 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Ohio’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.9% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.1% this season.