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Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
When: Friday, March 15, 9:00 PM. ET.
The Bowling Green Falcons will be going for their second consecutive win when they take on the Northern Illinois Huskies in the semifinals of the MAC tournament on Friday night.
Huskies Going For Fifth Consecutive Win
The Huskies finished fourth in the MAC West standings and ended the regular season with a losing record, but they haven’t let their regular season failures get in their way during the MAC tournament.
— NIU Men's Basketball (@GoHuskiesMBB) March 15, 2019
They have won their last four games and will be going for their fifth win in a row and a chance to play for the MAC tournament title when they face the Falcons on Friday.
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 76 points in their last game and will need to do a better job on Friday if they want to get past the Falcons.
Falcons Going For Third Win In Five Games
The Falcons finished second in the MAC East standings and came into the tournament as one of the teams capable of challenging Buffalo for the conference title. They have won two of their last four games and will try to pick up their third win in their last five games when they face the Huskies.
— #MACtion (@MACSports) March 15, 2019
Bowling Green has done a good job offensively, averaging 78.2 points per game. The team is shooting 44 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range.
Justin Turner leads the way for the Falcons with 18.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Dylan Frye is averaging 12.5 points and 2.5 assists per game, while Demajeo Wiggins is averaging 12.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.
The Falcons haven’t been as successful on defense and are holding opponents to 72.8 points per game. They gave up 87 points per game in their last three games and will need to play significantly better if they want to get past the streaking Huskies on Friday.
Bowling Green is:
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Northern Illinois is:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Mid-American.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Falcons have struggled against the spread, losing four of their last five games following a straight up win and five of their last seven games against teams with winning records. The Huskies have played well against the spread, winning their last four games and six of their last eight games against teams with winning records.
Prediction: Northern Illinois Huskies
Full-Game Total Pick
The Huskies have played over the total in four of their last five games and in five of their last six neutral site games. The Falcons have played over the total in four of their last five games following an ATS win and in 15 of their last 20 games.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Huskies will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Falcons in the first half of their last three games, averaging 36 points per game while the Falcons average 33.7 points per game.
Prediction: Northern Illinois Huskies
Half-Time Total Bet
The Falcons and Huskies are averaging 69.7 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will fall short of the4 first-half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.