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Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
When: Thursday, March 14, 6:30 PM. ET.
The Toledo Rockets will be going for their sixth consecutive win when they take on the Northern Illinois Huskies in the quarterfinals of the MAC tournament on Thursday night.
Huskies Going For Fourth Consecutive Win
The Huskies are playing well at the right time and have won four of their last five games. They will be going for their fourth win in a row and fifth win in their last six games when they face the Rockets on Thursday.
Coming at you from Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/e3zFfIygnm
— NIU Men's Basketball (@GoHuskiesMBB) March 13, 2019
Northern Illinois lost both regular-season meetings with the Rockets but they almost got the win in their last game, losing the game 57-54. They will take a similar approach to the Rockets on Thursday but will need to do a better job offensively to pull off the win.
The Huskies have played well offensively, averaging 73.7 points per game. The team is shooting 46 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range.
Eugene German leads the way for the Huskies with 19.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Levi Bradley is averaging 14.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while Dante Thorpe is averaging 13.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
The Huskies have been solid on defense, holding opponents to 70.8 points per game. They gave up 68 points per game in their last three games and will need to keep playing well to give themselves a chance to win this game.
Rockets Going For 11th Win In 13 Games
The Rockets played well this season and finished in first place in the MAC East standings. They have won their last five games and will try to keep the momentum going as they go for their sixth win in a row and 11th win in their last 13 games.
Rockets enter @MACSports Tournament Play among nation's Top 25 in 6 categories.
— Toledo M Basketball (@ToledoMBB) March 13, 2019
Toledo has done well on offense, averaging 77.3 points per game. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range.
Jaelan Sanford leads the way for the Rockets with 15.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Nate Navigato is averaging 12.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, while Marreon Jackson is averaging 11.5 points and 4.3 assists per game.
The Rockets have also done a good job on defense, holding opponents to 67.7 points per game. They gave up 61.8 points per game in their last five games and will be tough to beat if they keep playing this well defensively.
- 13-4-1 ATS in their last 18 games following a straight up win.
- 16-7 ATS in their last 23 neutral site games.
Northern Illinois is:
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Rockets have played well against the spread, winning 13 of their last 18 games following a straight u win and 16 of their last 23 neutral site games. The Huskies have struggled against the spread, losing five of their last seven neutral site games.
Prediction: Toledo Rockets
Full-Game Total Pick
The Huskies have played under the total in seven of their last eight games following an ATS win and in eight of their last 10 games against teams with winning records. The Rockets have played under the total in four of their last five games and in their last seven neutral site games.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Rockets will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Huskies in the first half of their last three games. Both teams cancel each other out offensively with the Rockets averaging 36.3 points per game and the Huskies averaging 36 points per game. The Rockets have the edge on defense, holding opponents to 22.3 points per game while the Huskies are giving up 32 points per game.
Prediction: Toledo Rockets
Half-Time Total Bet
The Huskies and Rockets are averaging 72.3 points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.