Huskies open as college hoops underdog vs Blue Demons

Northern Illinois HuskiesDePaul Blue Demons
Dec 16, 5:00 PM | Allstate Arena

Northern Illinois Huskies vs DePaul Blue Demons Odds

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The DePaul Blue Demons will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Allstate Arena on Sunday in NCAA hoops play.

DePaul battles the Huskies, currently sitting with a 2-6 mark (3-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-4 for the Blue Demons and 1-4 for the Huskies.

View Northern Illinois vs DePaul Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Blue Demons in this one found them listed as 19-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Huskies was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Blue Demons - Huskies odds would favor the Blue Demons if the lines were set according to our power ranks. DePaul is rated No. 85 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Northern Illinois is at No. 276. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 76-60 win for the Blue Demons.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits DePaul's No. 44-ranked offense, averaging 77.2 PPG, against a Huskies defense that ranks No. 123 at 63.1 PPG. The Blue Demons field goal percentage has averaged 45.6% so far, more than the Huskies marksmen have achieved on the year, 38.8% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Northern Illinois owns the country's No. 198-rated mark, allowing 71.5 points per game on the highway. DePaul, on the other hand, rates No. 37 in scoring at home.

Northern Illinois was an 80-73 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wisc-Milwaukee. They covered the 10.5-point spread as underdogs. The Huskies endured an 80-73 loss at the hands of the Panthers on Friday, despite a 21-point effort from Akeem Springs at U.S. Cellular Arena.

Last time out for DePaul, they were a 78-61 winner as they battled Arizona State on the road. They covered in the match as a 6-point underdog. DePaul earned a 78-61 victory over Arizona State on Wednesday, getting 18 points from Brandon Young at Wells Fargo Arena.

Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 1-9
Before playing Seattle are 0-1
After playing Wisc-Milwaukee are 2-4
After a loss are 4-6

DePaul Blue Demons Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
After playing Arizona State are 0-1
After a win are 4-6

A few Huskies at Blue Demons trends to consider:
Northern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
DePaul is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
DePaul is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
DePaul is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Northern Illinois
DePaul is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Northern Illinois

Next up:
Northern Illinois at Seattle, Wednesday, December 19
DePaul home to UMBC, Saturday, December 22

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