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Central Michigan vs Northern Illinois Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 10th Betting Odds
Chippewas vs Huskies Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Central Michigan Chippewas at Northern Illinois Huskies
- Where: Dekalb at NIU Convocation Center
- Date: Tuesday, January 10th
- Betting Odds: Central Michigan +1, CMICH -104 | NILL -119 O/U 136.0
Central Michigan will take the floor against the Huskies with an overall record of 6-9. On the road, the Chippewas will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 1-6. So far, the Chippewas have been the underdog 9 times, going 1-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
Brian Taylor comes into today’s game as the Chippewas’ leading scorer at 14.4 points per contest. Not only has Taylor been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Central Michigan’s top rebounder at 6.33 boards per contest. Behind Taylor, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jesse Zarzuela, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.67 points per game. Overall, he has hit 38.1% of his shots and is adding 2.5 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Central Michigan this season, as they are currently ranked 365th in college basketball at 65.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Chippewas’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.1%, placing them 240th in the NCAA.
Northern Illinois heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 4-11. Currently, the Huskies have been the home team 3 times, sitting with a record of 1-2. The Huskies’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, Northern Illinois has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 2-2.
Northern Illinois’ leading scorer this season is Keshawn Williams, who is averaging 17.87 points per contest. So far, Williams has accounted for 26.46% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.67 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists. David Coit is the second leading scorer for the Huskies, averaging 13.8 points per game. Between him and Coit, they are accounting for 46.9% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Northern Illinois this season, as they are currently ranked 400th in college basketball at 64.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Huskies’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.8%, placing them 375th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Central Michigan Chippewas +1
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Northern Illinois as the favorites with a line coming in at -1. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Central Michigan Chippewas to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Northern Illinois at 5.83 made 3’s per game compared to Central Michigan at 7.73. Look for Central Michigan to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Huskies.