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Eastern Michigan Eagles take on Huskies in college basketball test

Eastern Michigan EaglesNorthern Illinois Huskies
Jan 7, 4:00 PM | NIU Convocation Center

Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Northern Illinois Huskies Odds

5-9TEAM RECORD1-11

The Eastern Michigan Eagles will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Huskies in Northern Illinois at NIU Convocation Center on Saturday in college basketball action.

The Huskies are 1-11 so far on the season, and 4-5 ATS vs. the number. The Eagles, meanwhile, are 5-9 and 3-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Northern Illinois go 1-8 and the Eagles go 4-5 on the totals.

View Eastern Michigan vs Northern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Eagles listed as 1.5-point favorites

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 320-ranked Huskies and the No. 236-rated Eagles in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 51-46 win for the Eagles on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Eagles is ranked No. 293 in NCAA hoops at 31.9 per game. Contrast that with Northern Illinois’s No. 75 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Northern Illinois is the No. 228-ranked team in the country at 5.6 per game, while Eastern Michigan rates No. 299 at 4.6 per game.

Defensively, Eastern Michigan features the nation's No. 108-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.7 points per game. Northern Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 337 nationally in scoring at home.

Eastern Michigan lost its last outing, a 42-37 result against Air Force on December 30. They covered in that game as a 5.5-point underdog. Air Force got 18 points from Todd Fletcher en route to a 42-37 victory over Eastern Michigan on Friday at Leavey Center.

Northern Illinois was a 72-46 winner in their most recent outing at home against Roosevelt. The Huskies blew out Roosevelt on Monday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 72-46 win at NIU Convocation Center.

Eastern Michigan Eagles Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Central Michigan are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Western Michigan are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

A few Eagles at Huskies trends to consider:
Eastern Michigan is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Eastern Michigan is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Northern Illinois
Eastern Michigan is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Eastern Michigan
Northern Illinois is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games when playing Eastern Michigan
Northern Illinois is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
Northern Illinois is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games

Next up:
Eastern Michigan home to Central Michigan, Wednesday, January 11
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan, Wednesday, January 11

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