Check out our free Northern Illinois vs Eastern Michigan pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Ypsilanti. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Northern Illinois vs Eastern Michigan Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds
Huskies vs Eagles Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Northern Illinois Huskies at Eastern Michigan Eagles
- Where: Ypsilanti at Convocation Center (MI)
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds: Northern Illinois +3, NILL +130 | EMICH -158 O/U 150.5
Through 18 games, the Northern Illinois Huskies have an overall record of 6-12. On the road, the Huskies will be playing their 13th game of the season, having gone 4-9. So far, the Huskies have been the underdog 11 times, going 2-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.
Northern Illinois’ leading scorer this season is Keshawn Williams, who is averaging 17.87 points per contest. So far, Williams has accounted for 21.72% 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 14.28 points per game. Between him and Coit, they are accounting for 42.6% 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.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Northern Illinois, the Eastern Michigan Eagles will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 4-14. Currently, the Eagles have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 3-6. The Eagles’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, Eastern Michigan has been favored to win in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 1-2.
Eastern Michigan will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Emoni Bates who is averaging 20.0 points per game for the Eagles. Bates is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Eagles’ offensive game plan is the play of Noah Farrakhan who has hit 38.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.06 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Eastern Michigan this season, as they are currently ranked 260th in college basketball at 69.1 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 Eagles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.8%, placing them 427th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Northern Illinois Huskies +3
Our NCAA basketball betting model has identified this game as an excellent opportunity to take the Northern Illinois Huskies to cover the spread as the +3 point betting underdogs. Throughout the game, look for both Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan to focus on working the ball inside, as the team’s are ranked 458th and 526th, respectively in made 3’s per game. We see this primarily benefiting the Huskies, who have been a profitable school to bet on vs the spread on the road. In Northern Illinois’ last 10 games on the road, they are 6-4 vs the spread. In this spot, we like the Huskies to cover.