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College basketball point spread favors Rockets in battle with Huskies

Northern Illinois HuskiesToledo Rockets
7-9January 22, 2014, 07:00 | Savage Arena15-2

Toledo looks to cover the Rockets-Huskies pointspread on Wednesday and improve its overall 15-2 mark when they host Northern Illinois in college basketball wagering action.

The Rockets bring a 15-2 record (7-4-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 7-9 Huskies, who are 5-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Toledo go 6-6 so far and the Huskies go 4-9-1.

View Northern Illinois Huskies vs Toledo Rockets Odds and Stats.

The Huskies were listed as 17.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 59-ranked Rockets and the No. 253-rated Huskies in this matchup.

Northern Illinois lost its last outing, a 65-46 result against Ohio on January 18. They failed to cover in that game as an 8-point underdog. The Huskies endured a 65-46 loss at the hands of the Bobcats on Saturday, despite a 12-point effort from Travon Baker at NIU Convocation Center.

Toledo was a 75-61 winner in its last match on the road against Akron. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs. Toledo got 25 points from Julius Brown en route to a 75-61 victory over Akron on Saturday at James A. Rhodes Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Toledo's No. 9-ranked scoring average of 83.65 PPG, against a Huskies defense rated No. 40 and allowing 64.62 PPG. The Rockets FG% has averaged 48.31% to date this season, more than the Huskies shooters have managed so far (38.17% per game).

A few Huskies at Rockets trends to consider:
Northern Illinois is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
Northern Illinois is 15-6 ATS in its last 21 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 5-19 SU in its last 24 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Northern Illinois's last 10 games on the road
Toledo is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games
Toledo is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Toledo is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Northern Illinois
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toledo's last 8 games when playing Northern Illinois

Next up:
Northern Illinois home to Buffalo, Saturday, January 25th
Toledo at Kent State, Sunday, January 26th