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Cardinals open as college hoops underdog vs Huskies

Ball State CardinalsNorthern Illinois Huskies
5-23March 08, 2014, 04:30 | NIU Convocation Center13-16

Ball State travels to Northern Illinois on Saturday, hoping to boost its 5-23 record with a victory over the Huskies.

The Huskies bring a 13-16 record (15-10-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 5-23 Cardinals, who are 12-14 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Northern Illinois go 12-14-1 so far and the Cardinals go 16-9.

View Ball State Cardinals vs Northern Illinois Huskies Odds and Stats.

The Cardinals were listed as 7.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Huskies at No. 112 and the Cardinals at No. 257 heading into this contest.

Ball State was a 72-58 loser in its last match on the road against Eastern Michigan. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as underdogs. Majok Majok scored 23 points and chipped in with 14 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 72-58 against Eastern Michigan in college basketball action at EMU Convocation Center.

Northern Illinois lost its last outing, a 61-56 result against Western Michigan on March 4. They covered in that game as an 8.5-point underdog. Northern Illinois suffered a 61-56 loss against Western Michigan on Tuesday, getting 15 points from Aaric Armstead in a losing effort at University Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Northern Illinois's No. 247-ranked scoring average of 62.76 PPG, against a Cardinals defense rated No. 208 and allowing 73.86 PPG. The Huskies FG% has averaged 39.14% to date this season, less than the Cardinals shooters have managed so far (40.47% per game).

A few Cardinals at Huskies trends to consider:
Ball State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Ball State is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ball State's last 5 games
Ball State is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 6-0-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Northern Illinois is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Northern Illinois is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Northern Illinois is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home