Expect a low-scoring game when the Northern Illinois Huskies (6-4) and Pittsburgh Panthers (7-3) square off at Petersen Events Center. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, December 16, 2019, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
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The Huskies fell to the UC Davis Aggies in their last game, 66-57. With 16 points on 6-for-15 shooting, Eugene German led Northern Illinois in scoring. UC Davis held the Huskies to an effective field goal percentage of 0.400 (below their season average of 0.486). Northern Illinois, on the other hand, held the Aggies to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.4 (below their season average of 24.0).
The last time the Panthers played, they were beaten by the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals, 64-46. Xavier Johnson led Pittsburgh in scoring with 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Louisville did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (7-10; 70.0 percent). Pittsburgh, on the other hand, forced the Cardinals into a turnover percentage of 19.6 (above their season average of 15.0).
Half-court execution will be at a premium when two of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams clash. Pittsburgh ranks 336th in possessions per game (64.4) and Northern Illinois is 262nd (67.9).
Northern Illinois Huskies at Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Prediction
Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Northern Illinois, ATS Winner – Northern Illinois, O/U – Over
The Huskies are 20th in the country with 4.9 steals allowed per game while the Panthers are 60th with 5.7 steals allowed per game.
Northern Illinois ranks 100th in three pointers attempted per game (23.6) while Pittsburgh ranks 254th (17.4).
The Huskies rank 23rd in rebounds per game (40.6) while the Panthers rank 125th (36.3).
Pittsburgh ranks 184th in assists per game (11.8) while Northern Illinois ranks 227th (10.3).
The Panthers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.0, up from 4.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Huskies have scored an average of 66.8 points per game (1.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.4 points per game (2.3 above their season average).