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Kent State Golden Flashes vs Northern Illinois Huskies Odds
The Northern Illinois Huskies will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Kent State Golden Flashes at NIU Convocation Center on Wednesday in NCAA hoops play.
Supporters of the Golden Flashes have watched them go 11-9 and 8-6-1 ATS on the year, while the Huskies are at 4-14 and 9-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Huskies are 4-11, while the Golden Flashes have a 7-7 mark.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Northern Illinois Huskies as 6.5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Huskies - Golden Flashes odds would favor the Golden Flashes if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Northern Illinois is rated No. 277 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Kent State is at No. 149. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 67-55 win for the Golden Flashes.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Golden Flashes is ranked No. 173 in NCAA hoops at 35.4 per game. Contrast that with Northern Illinois’s No. 198 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Northern Illinois is the No. 319-ranked team in the country at 4.4 per game, while Kent State rates No. 155 at 6.3 per game.
Defensively, Kent State features the nation's No. 65-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.5 points per game. Northern Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 346 nationally in scoring at home.
Kent State was a 69-68 loser in its last match at home against Ohio. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. The Golden Flashes endured a 69-68 loss at the hands of the Bobcats on Saturday, despite a 20-point effort from Chris Evans at Memorial Athletic Center.
Northern Illinois was a 42-25 loser in its last match on the road against Eastern Michigan. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Northern Illinois got 7 points from Daveon Balls but lost anyway, 42-25, to Eastern Michigan on Saturday at EMU Convocation Center.
Kent State Golden Flashes Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Eastern Michigan are 8-2
After playing Ohio are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5
Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Toledo are 3-7
After playing Eastern Michigan are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7
A few Golden Flashes at Huskies trends to consider:
Kent State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Northern Illinois
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northern Illinois's last 6 games when playing Kent State
Northern Illinois is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Northern Illinois is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Kent State
Northern Illinois is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Kent State
Kent State home to Eastern Michigan, Saturday, February 2
Northern Illinois home to Toledo, Saturday, February 2