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MAC Tournament - NCAA hoops odds preview - Northern Illinois vs. Eastern Michigan

Northern Illinois HuskiesEastern Michigan Eagles
15-16March 12, 2014, 09:00 | Quicken Loans Arena19-13



The Northern Illinois Huskies will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Eagles in Eastern Michigan at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday in college basketball action.

Eastern Michigan will face the 15-16 Huskies, who own a 16-10-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Eagles are 11-17 on the OU so far this season while the Huskies are 13-15-1.View Northern Illinois Huskies vs Eastern Michigan Eagles Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Eastern Michigan sat as -5.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 69-rated Eagles and the No. 67-ranked Huskies, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

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Northern Illinois won its last outing, a 54-51 result against Bowling Green on March 10. They earned a push in that game as a 3-point favorite. The Huskies got 13 points from Jordan Threloff as Northern Illinois ran past Bowling Green 54-51 on Monday at NIU Convocation Center.

In their last action, Eastern Michigan was a 72-60 winner at home against Central Michigan. They earned a push of the 12-point spread as favorites. The Eagles grabbed a 72-60 win over the Chippewas on Monday, behind a 20-point effort from Karrington Ward at EMU Convocation Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Eastern Michigan's No. 210 nationally ranked offense (66.97 points per game) against a Huskies defense that sits as the No. 26 at 63.19 PPG. The Eagles have been averaging 41.52% from the field, more than the Huskies have managed so far this season (39.27% on average).

A few Huskies at Eagles trends to consider:
Northern Illinois is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Northern Illinois is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Eastern Michigan
Northern Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Eastern Michigan
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Northern Illinois's last 9 games when playing Eastern Michigan
Eastern Michigan is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Eastern Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Eastern Michigan is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Northern Illinois
Eastern Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Northern Illinois

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