Northern Illinois takes on UC Davis in a non-conference matchup on Saturday from Davis, Calif. The Huskies had won six straight before falling at Saint Mary's, 61-49 on Thursday. UC Davis is coming off an 85-66 win over Northern Arizona to break a six-game losing streak.
Last season, Northern Illinois defeated the Aggies at home, 71-62.
Tough start to a long road tripNorthern Illinois had won six straight in impressive fashion, but had not really been tested before facing Saint Mary's on Thursday. The Gaels led the entire way and won their eighth straight game. They held the Huskies to just 36% shooting from the field and 25% (5-20) from three-point range. Northern Illinois did a nice job defensively to keep this from being a huge blowout, holding the Gaels to 39% shooting from the field. Eugene German was the only Huskies player in double figures with 16 points.
German (6-0, 185) leads the Huskies with 20.8 points per game on 43.5% shooting (35.5% 3pt). Northern Illinois averages just 69.4 points per game on 41.4% shooting (36.8% 3pt). So they need a strong defense and they have one. NIU allows just 61.7 points per game on 38.5% shooting (27.6% 3-point). They are outrebounding teams by 7.9 per contest and committing 13.4 turnovers per contest.
Home Sweet HomeUC Davis returns home after going 1-3 on the road. Their last home game was on Nov. 20, when they beat Sacramento State, 61-51. They did end their four-game road trip with a win over Northern Arizona on Wednesday. Guard Joe Mooney scored a career-high 35 points to lead the Aggies to the 19-point win. Mooney did most of the damage in the second half with 31 points when UC Davis broke open a tie game to outscore the Lumberjacks 49-30. Stefan Gonzalez added 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting (5-8 3pt) to lead the Aggies, who shot 60% from the field (10-19 3pt).
Mooney leads the Aggies with 16.0 points per game, while 5-11 guard Ezra Majon adds 12.5 points and 4.8 assists and 6-11 sophomore center Matt Neufeld contributes 11.7 points per contest. UC Davis averages 71.0 points per game on 46.7% shooting (39.5% 3pt). They allow 72.6 points on 45.9% shooting (34.8% 3pt). They are getting pounded on the boards by 5.9 per game and turing the ball over 12.5 times per contest.
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- 1-4 ATS last 5 Saturday games.
- 5-16 ATS last 21 home games.
- 3-9 ATS last 12 overall.