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Iowa State Cyclones vs Northern Illinois Huskies Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Northern Illinois HuskiesIowa State Cyclones
5-5December 31, 2013, 07:00 | Hilton Coliseum11-0

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Iowa State vs Northern Illinois battle Tuesday at Hilton Coliseum as the Cyclones look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Iowa State battles the Huskies, currently sitting with a 5-5 mark (4-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 5-4 for the Cyclones and 2-6-1 for the Huskies.

View Northern Illinois Huskies vs Iowa State Cyclones Odds and Stats.

Iowa State opened as -25-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 199-rated Northern Illinois taking on the No. 19-rated Cyclones in this contest.

Northern Illinois was a 71-64 winner in their most recent outing on the road against UC Riverside. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. Dontel Highsmith went off for 27 points and added 3 rebounds, leading Northern Illinois over UC Riverside, 71-64, on Sunday at Student Center.

Iowa State was a 70-66 winner in its last match on the road against Boise State. They earned a push of the 4-point spread as favorites. The Cyclones grabbed a 70-66 win over the Broncos on Wednesday, behind a 23-point effort from DeAndre Kane at Stan Sheriff Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Huskies rank No. 57 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.8 per game. That compares with Iowa State’s No. 11 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Iowa State is college basketball's No. 7-ranked team at 9.18 per game, while the Huskies rate No. 241 with 4.3 per game.

A few Huskies at Cyclones trends to consider:
Northern Illinois is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Northern Illinois is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Northern Illinois is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games
Northern Illinois is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Iowa State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Iowa State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Northern Illinois home to Bethune-Cookman, Friday, January 3rd
Iowa State at Texas Tech, Saturday, January 4th