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Massachusetts Minutemen visit Northern Illinois Huskies in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Massachusetts MinutemenNorthern Illinois Huskies
Dec 29, 4:00 PM | NIU Convocation Center

Massachusetts Minutemen vs Northern Illinois Huskies Odds


Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Northern Illinois Huskies try to run the Massachusetts Minutemen off the court at NIU Convocation Center in college hoops action.

The Huskies sport records of 2-9 and 5-5 ATS heading into this battle, while the Minutemen have 7-3 and 3-7 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 1-7 for the Huskies and 5-5 for the Minutemen.

View Massachusetts vs Northern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Northern Illinois sat as 10.5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Huskies sit at No. 267 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Minutemen sit at No. 104 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Minutemen will win this game 66-59.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Minutemen rank No. 85 in NCAA Division 1 with 37.8 per game. That compares with Northern Illinois’s No. 202 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Northern Illinois is college basketball's No. 321-ranked team at 4.3 per game, while the Minutemen rate No. 71 with 7.4 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Massachusetts owns the country's No. 271-rated mark, allowing 76.5 points per game on the highway. Northern Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 337 in scoring at home.

Massachusetts was an 88-81 winner in its last match at home against East Carolina. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. East Carolina was victimized for 26 points and 11 assists by Chaz Williams as the Minutemen bested the Pirates 88-81 in college basketball action on Saturday.

Last time out for Northern Illinois, they were a 67-57 loser as they battled Washington on the road. They covered in the match as a 16.5-point underdog. The Huskies endured a 67-57 loss at the hands of the Huskies on Saturday, despite an 18 -point effort from Abdel Nader at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Massachusetts Minutemen Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 1-9
After playing East Carolina are 1-0
After a win are 6-4

Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Miami (Ohio) are 0-10
After a loss are 4-6

A few Minutemen at Huskies trends to consider:
Massachusetts is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games at home
Northern Illinois is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
Massachusetts at Miami (Ohio), Wednesday, January 2
Northern Illinois at Miami (Ohio), Wednesday, January 9