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Northern Illinois Huskies take on Chippewas in NCAA basketball test

Northern Illinois HuskiesCentral Michigan Chippewas
Jan 23, 7:00 PM | McGuirk Arena

Northern Illinois Huskies vs Central Michigan Chippewas Odds

3-13TEAM RECORD9-8

The Central Michigan Chippewas hope to be lousy hosts on Wednesday as the Northern Illinois Huskies pay a visit to McGuirk Arena on the college basketball betting menu.

The Huskies will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 8-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Chippewas are 11-5 ATS. Northern Illinois is 3-10 on the totals; Central Michigan is 8-4.

View Northern Illinois vs Central Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 7.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Chippewas - Huskies odds would favor the Chippewas if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Central Michigan is rated No. 258 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Northern Illinois is at No. 299. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 64-55 win for the Chippewas.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Central Michigan has the nation's No. 184-rated offensive output, at 67.5 PPG. The visiting Huskies defense ranks No. 178 allowing on average 66.3 PPG. The Chippewas FG% has averaged 40.9% so far, more than the Huskies marksmen have achieved on the year, 36.5% per game.

Defensively, Northern Illinois features the nation's No. 203-rated defense on the road, allowing 71 points per game. Central Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 209 nationally in scoring at home.

Northern Illinois was a 71-34 loser in its last match at home against Western Michigan. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Northern Illinois was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Western Michigan and falling by a 71-34 score at NIU Convocation Center.

Last time out for Central Michigan, they were a 71-57 winner as they battled Ball State at home. They covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. The Chippewas got 16 points from Kyle Randall as Central Michigan ran past Ball State 71-57 on Saturday at McGuirk Arena.

Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Eastern Michigan are 6-4
After playing Western Michigan are 6-4
After a loss are 2-8

Central Michigan Chippewas Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Western Michigan are 5-5
After playing Ball State are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

A few Huskies at Chippewas trends to consider:
Northern Illinois is 1-10-1 ATS in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Central Michigan
Northern Illinois is 2-23 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Central Michigan
Central Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Central Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Northern Illinois
Central Michigan is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing Northern Illinois
Central Michigan is 10-1-1 ATS in its last 12 games when playing at home against Northern Illinois

Next up:
Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan, Saturday, January 26
Central Michigan home to Western Michigan, Saturday, January 26