Bowling Green will be looking to build on a three-game winning streak when it hosts Northern Illinois on Saturday afternoon. Northern Illinois is 9-8 and was blown out by Akron on Tuesday. The Falcons are coming off an 85-82 road win against Western Michigan on Tuesday, which moved them to 12-5 on the season.
Northern Illinois playing inconsistentlyNorthern Illinois has had an up-and-down season, alternating wins and losses in its last six games. The Huskies picked up a win against Chicago State, but lost to Green Bay by one point in their next game. Then they earned a 73-72 win against Buffalo before losing by a point to Central Michigan in the following game. Northern Illinois’ most recent two-game sample was a 71-68 win against Eastern Michigan followed by the blowout loss to Akron on Tuesday. The Zips raced out to a 44-20 lead at halftime to essentially seal the deal.
PREVIEW: Huskies Open Road Trip at Bowling Green Saturday https://t.co/658cKJ6q8b— NIU Men's Basketball (@GoHuskiesMBB) January 17, 2020
The Huskies are led by one of the nation’s leading scorers—senior guard Eugene German. He is pouring in 20.2 points per game and is grabbing 4.1 rebounds per game. German is the only scorer on the team in double figures. He leads the team in made 3-pointers, knocking down 42 of 120 from beyond the arc. Senior forward Lacey James is scoring 9.1 points per game and is grabbing a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Trendon Hankerson is adding 7.4 points per game and is the most efficient outside shooter on the team. Hankerson has drilled 45.7 percent of his 46 attempts from downtown.
Falcons on three-game winning streakBowling Green also suffered a blowout loss to Kent State recently, but the Falcons have bounced back with a three-game winning streak. They opened the streak with a 78-76 nail-biter against Miami (Ohio) at home. Then they went on the road and dispatched of Ohio and Western Michigan. Bowling Green led Western Michigan by nine points with three minutes to play, but the Broncos pulled within two with just over a minute left. The Falcons held on to win the game by three points, as four players hit double figures.
Junior guard Justin Turner is scoring a team-high 17.9 points per game, is grabbing 5.2 rebounds per game and is dishing out 3.0 assists per game. Senior guard Dylan Frye is scoring 14.5 points per game and is distributing a team-high 4.3 assists per contest. Frye leads the team in made 3-pointers, knocking down 37 of 118 attempts. Junior wing Daeqwon Plowden is the last player in double figures, scoring 13.2 points per game. Plowden is also Bowling Green’s leading rebounder, pulling down 7.6 boards per contest.
Northern Illinois is:
- 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games following a loss of more than 20 points
- 6-2 ATS in its last eight games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 4-0 ATS in its last four games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600
Bowling Green is:
- 1-3-1 ATS in its last five Saturday games
- 3-12-2 ATS in its last 17 home games
- 1-9-1 ATS in its last 11 games overall