The Western Michigan Broncos (11-17, 4-11 MAC) welcome the Northern Illinois Huskies (17-11, 10-5 MAC) to University Arena in Read Fieldhouse. The Broncos look to snap their five-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Western Michigan Broncos Betting Odds
In their last outing, the Broncos were beaten by the Ball State Cardinals, 71-61, while the Huskies won a close one over the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 73-71.
The Huskies, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.1, had a ridiculous mark of 46.9 and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.576 (above their season average of 0.473). Western Michigan, meanwhile, forced Ball State into a turnover percentage of 24.6 (above their season average of 16.7). Western Michigan’s Brandon Johnson had a good game, putting up 12 points and seven rebounds. Eugene German was a key piece for Northern Illinois with 27 points.
In their first matchup this season, Trendon Hankerson led the Huskies to a 58-52 victory. He recorded 11 points and five rebounds. Northern Illinois out-rebounded Western Michigan. The Huskies had more offensive rebounds (17 vs. 10), defensive rebounds (30 vs. 27) and total rebounds (47 vs. 37).
It might be a tough game for Western Michigan on the offensive glass. The Broncos currently rank 290th in offensive rebounding percentage (24.5 percent), while Northern Illinois ranks 38th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.7 percent).
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan ATS Pick
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Northern Illinois, ATS Winner – Northern Illinois, O/U – Under
- Northern Illinois ranks 27th in rebounds per game (39.4) while Western Michigan ranks 223rd in rebounds allowed per game (36.9).
- The Broncos rank 249th in assists per game (10.8) while the Huskies rank 262nd (10.3).
- The Huskies rank 23rd in steals allowed per game (5.1) while the Broncos rank 101st (6.2).
- Western Michigan averages 21.4 three pointers per game, which ranks 173rd in the nation. Northern Illinois ranks 249th in three pointers allowed per game (24.4).
- During their last five games, the Huskies have scored an average of 66.2 points per game (0.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.8 points per game (2.5 above their season average).
- The Broncos’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.6, up from 3.0 for the season.