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Huskies visit Western Michigan Broncos in college basketball clash

Northern Illinois HuskiesWestern Michigan Broncos
March 7, 7:00 PM | Quicken Loans Arena

Northern Illinois Huskies vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds

5-25TEAM RECORD13-19

The Western Michigan Broncos host Northern Illinois on Wednesday, looking to build on their 13-19 mark against the 5-25 Huskies in college hoops action at Quicken Loans Arena.

This is a conference playoff game in the MAC Tournament.

The Huskies will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 14-12-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Broncos are 14-15 ATS. Northern Illinois is 9-18 on the totals; Western Michigan is 17-12.

View Northern Illinois vs Western Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Broncos as 9.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 85-ranked Broncos and the No. 319-rated Huskies in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 64-53 win for the Broncos on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Western Michigan has the nation's No. 170-rated offensive output, at 68.4 PPG. The visiting Huskies defense ranks No. 195 allowing on average 67.5 PPG. The Broncos FG% has averaged 43.3% so far, more than the Huskies marksmen have achieved on the year, 37% per game.

Defensively, Northern Illinois features the nation's No. 187-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.2 points per game. Western Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 249 nationally in scoring at home.

Northern Illinois was a 55-52 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Eastern Michigan. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. The Huskies grabbed a 55-52 win over the Eagles on Monday, behind a 14-point effort from Tony Nixon at EMU Convocation Center.

Last time out for Western Michigan, they were a 69-63 winner as they battled Ball State at home. They covered in the match as a 3-point favorite. The Broncos grabbed a 69-63 win over the Cardinals on Monday, behind a 12-point effort from Flenard Whitfield at University Arena.

Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
After playing Eastern Michigan are 3-7
After a win are 2-8

Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
After playing Ball State are 8-2
After a win are 3-7

A few Huskies at Broncos trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Northern Illinois's last 7 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northern Illinois's last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Michigan
Northern Illinois is 1-16 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Western Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Northern Illinois
Western Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Northern Illinois
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Western Michigan's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Western Michigan's last 7 games when playing Northern Illinois