NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Huskies underdogs vs Rockets at Northern Illinois
Toledo Rockets vs Northern Illinois Huskies Odds
The Northern Illinois Huskies host Toledo on Saturday, looking to build on their 5-14 mark against the 8-10 Rockets in college hoops action at NIU Convocation Center.
The Huskies sit at 5-14 (10-8 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Rockets are currently 8-10 (9-6 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Northern Illinois is 5-11 OU, and Toledo is 5-5-3 OU.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Northern Illinois sat as 2.5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 277-ranked Huskies and the No. 226-rated Rockets in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 64-57 win for the Rockets on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Rockets is ranked No. 253 in NCAA hoops at 33.1 per game. Contrast that with Northern Illinois’s No. 203 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Northern Illinois is the No. 314-ranked team in the country at 4.5 per game, while Toledo rates No. 256 at 5.3 per game.
Defensively, Toledo features the nation's No. 250-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.4 points per game. Northern Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 346 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Toledo was an 85-78 winner on the road against Ball State. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs. The Rockets got 24 points from Rian Pearson as Toledo ran past Ball State 85-78 on Wednesday at Worthen Arena.
In their last action, Northern Illinois was a 67-65 winner at home against Kent State. They covered the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Abdel Nader scored 26 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double, leading Northern Illinois over Kent State, 67-65, on Wednesday at NIU Convocation Center.
Toledo Rockets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Miami (Ohio) are 5-5
After playing Ball State are 1-9
After a win are 4-6
Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Bowling Green are 2-8
After playing Kent State are 3-7
After a win are 0-10
A few Rockets at Huskies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toledo's last 5 games when playing on the road against Northern Illinois
Toledo is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Northern Illinois
Toledo is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Toledo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toledo
Northern Illinois is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toledo
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northern Illinois's last 6 games when playing Toledo
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Illinois's last 5 games when playing at home against Toledo
Toledo home to Miami (Ohio), Wednesday, February 6
Northern Illinois home to Bowling Green, Wednesday, February 6