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Northern Illinois vs Miami (OH) Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 17th Betting Odds
Huskies vs RedHawks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Northern Illinois Huskies at Miami (OH) RedHawks
- Where: Oxford at Millett Hall
- Date: Tuesday, January 17th
- Betting Odds: Northern Illinois +5.5, NILL +200 | MIAOH -247 O/U 145.0
Northern Illinois heads into this matchup having played 17 games and have an overall record sitting at 5-12. On the road, the Huskies will be playing their 12th game of the season, having gone 3-9. So far, the Huskies have been the underdog 10 times, going 1-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5.5 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 23.24% 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 13.88 points per game. Between him and Coit, they are accounting for 43.7% 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 Miami (OH) RedHawks will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 7-10. So far this season, Miami (OH) has played 12 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-6. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the RedHawks as the -5.5 point favorites. The RedHawks have been favored 3 times, going 2-1 straight up.
Miami (OH) will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Mekhi Lairy who is averaging 17.47 points per game for the RedHawks. Lairy 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 RedHawks’ offensive game plan is the play of Anderson Mirambeaux who has hit 49.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.88 points per game.
On offense, Miami (OH) is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 75.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 17 games, they have only hit 34.7% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 42.59% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Northern Illinois Huskies +5.5
After boiling down all the statistics and trends, it is clear why the oddsmakers have placed the Miami (OH) RedHawks as the favorites to win. Not only do the Northern Illinois Huskies have a mediocre record vs the spread at away of late 5-5, but Miami (OH) also has the statistical edge in 3-pointers made per game and overall field goal percentage. Yet, our model shows that the current odds of -5.5 points in favor of the RedHawks is too high and there is good value on grabbing Northern Illinois vs the spread. While most bettors will likely be piling on the Miami (OH) RedHawks as the favorite, we full good about taking the oppsite side and grabbing Northern Illinois taking the points.