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Northern Illinois Huskies vs Ball State Cardinals Preview

Ball State CardinalsNorthern Illinois Huskies
Feb 13, 8:00 PM | NIU Convocation Center

Ball State Cardinals vs Northern Illinois Huskies Odds

9-13TEAM RECORD5-17

The Northern Illinois Huskies hope to be lousy hosts on Wednesday as the Ball State Cardinals pay a visit to NIU Convocation Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The Huskies sit at 5-17 (11-10 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Cardinals are currently 9-13 (8-11 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Northern Illinois is 6-13 OU, and Ball State is 9-6-1 OU.

View Ball State vs Northern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 1-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 Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 255-rated Ball State taking on the No. 279-rated Huskies in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 58-54 win for the Cardinals on Wednesday.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Northern Illinois's No. 212-rated squad against Ball State's No. 160-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Northern Illinois rates No. 319 in the country with 4.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 246 nationally with 5.5 per match.

Defensively, Ball State features the nation's No. 207-rated defense on the road, allowing 71 points per game. Northern Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 345 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Ball State was a 65-62 winner at home against Western Michigan. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs. Jauwan Scaife went off for 30 points and added 0 rebounds for good measure, leading Ball State to a 65-62 win over Western Michigan on Saturday at Worthen Arena.

Northern Illinois lost its last outing, a 59-54 result against Buffalo on February 9. They covered in that game as a 10.5-point underdog. Abdel Nader scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Huskies to a win (they lost 59-54 to Buffalo at Alumni Arena on Saturday).

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Eastern Michigan are 5-5
After playing Western Michigan are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Western Michigan are 3-7
After playing Buffalo are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

A few Cardinals at Huskies trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State's last 5 games on the road
Ball State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Northern Illinois
Ball State is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Ball State
Northern Illinois is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Ball State
Northern Illinois is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Ball State
Northern Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Ball State home to Eastern Michigan, Saturday, February 16
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan, Saturday, February 16