Northern Illinois vs. Kent State, 01/10/17 - Prediction & Preview

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#536 Kent State University Golden Flashes
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#535 Northern Illinois University Huskies

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Northern Illinois Huskies (9-6 SU, 6-6 ATS, 6-6 O/U) at Kent State Golden Flashes (9-6 SU, 5-5-1 ATS, 7-4 O/U)

When and Where: Tuesday, Jan. 10, Memorial A&C Center, Kent, Oh., 7pmET

Line: Kent State -5.5

Total: 141.5

Northern Illinois has won five of their last six games, including an 87-83 win over Central Michigan at home. Kent State is coming off an 85-67 road loss to Ohio State Friday. That snapped a mini two-game winning streak, which included a 63-58 road win over Teas on Dec. 27. Last season, Kent State nipped the Huskies in their only meeting at home by one point, 75-74.

Huskies win a tight one against Chips

Jaylen Key scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Huskies over Central Michigan by four points on Saturday. Marin Marci led the Huskies in scoring with 17 points and grabbed nine boards. Dontel Highsmith added 16 points and six boards. The Huskies shot 38.4 percent from the floor and just 4-of-20 from beyond the arc, but held the Chippewas to just 35.1 percent from the field but stayed in the game due to their three-point shooting (13-34).

Maric (6-11, 250) leads Northern Illinois in scoring with 13.3 points per game and in rebounds with 6.5 per contest. Guard Aaric Armstead adds 10.6 points per game and shoots 34.1 percent from the field. Northern Illinois averages 74.3 points per game and shoots 43.8 percent from the field (29.4% 3pt). They allow 68.3 points per game and 41.5 percent shooting from the field.

Kent State can’t stop Bobcats

Kent State beat Texas on the road but can’t beat Ohio. The Bobcats shot a sizzling 53.4 percent from the field and made 9-of-28 three-pointers in their 85-67 win over the Golden Flashes. Kent State could manage just 36.6 percent shooting from the field and turned the ball over 21 times. Deon Edwin led the Golden Flashes with 16 points and nine boards, while Jaylin Walker added 12 points. Kent State outrebounded the Bobcats by 13, which has been the norm this season. They rank ninth in the nation in rebounding margin at +9.5.

Kent State averages 79.1 points per game and shoots 41.9 percent from the field (31.7% 3pt). They allow 70.2 points per game and 41.6 percent from the field (35% 3pt). Jimmy Hall leads the Golden Flashes in scoring with 17.4 points per game and 11..0 rebounds and shoots 46.4 percent from the floor. Walker adds 14.8 points per game and shoots 41.1 percent from the field.

College Basketball Trends:

Northern Illinois is:

  • 5-11 ATS last 16 road games.

Kent State is:

  • 6-2 ATS last 8 home games.

Kent State has the rebounding advantage and that’s very important when you are not on target. Northern Illinois has not been on target much this season and that’s a big problem. On the road, they are shooting just 37.7 percent from the field this season.

Pick: Kent State -5.5

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