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Huskies open as college hoops underdog vs Big Green

Dartmouth Big GreenNorthern Illinois Huskies
3-1December 05, 2013, 08:00 | NIU Convocation Center2-4

Northern Illinois looks to cover the Huskies-Big Green pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 2-4 mark when they host Dartmouth in college basketball wagering action.

Supporters of the Big Green have watched them go 3-1 and 0-0 ATS on the year, while the Huskies are at 2-4 and 1-4 ATS. In totals betting, the Huskies are 1-4, while the Big Green have a 0-0 mark.

View Dartmouth Big Green vs Northern Illinois Huskies Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -1.5-point favorites 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(.

The Huskies sit at No. 275 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Big Green sit at No. 248 on the same chart.

Last time out for Dartmouth, they were an 81-56 winner as they battled Maine on the road. The Big Green blew out Maine on Sunday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 81-56 win at Cross Insurance Center.

Last time out for Northern Illinois, they were a 63-58 loser as they battled Nebraska on the road. They covered in the match as a 17.5-point underdog. Northern Illinois got 18 points from Jordan Threloff but lost anyway, 63-58, to Nebraska on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Big Green is ranked No. 79 in NCAA hoops at 38.75 per game. Contrast that with Northern Illinois’s No. 12 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Northern Illinois is the No. 245-ranked team in the country at 4 per game, while Dartmouth rates No. 62 at 7.5 per game.

A few Big Green at Huskies trends to consider:
Dartmouth is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Dartmouth is 4-21 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games
Northern Illinois is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next up:
Dartmouth at IUPU Fort Wayne, Saturday, December 7th
Northern Illinois at Massachusetts, Saturday, December 14th