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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Huskies underdogs vs RedHawks at Northern Illinois

Miami (Ohio) RedHawksNorthern Illinois Huskies
9-10February 04, 2014, 07:00 | NIU Convocation Center9-11

The Northern Illinois Huskies will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks at NIU Convocation Center on Tuesday in NCAA hoops play.

The RedHawks will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 11-6 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Huskies are 8-10 ATS. Miami (Ohio) is 10-7 against the total, while Northern Illinois is 7-10-1 versus the number.

View Miami (Ohio) RedHawks vs Northern Illinois Huskies Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the RedHawks were listed as -1.5-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Huskies rated this week at No. 263 and the RedHawks sitting at No. 142.

Miami (Ohio) was a 65-61 winner in their most recent outing at home against Eastern Michigan. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. The RedHawks grabbed a 65-61 win over the Eagles on Saturday, behind a 19-point effort from Will Sullivan at Millett Hall.

Northern Illinois was a 67-65 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Ball State. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. The Huskies grabbed a 67-65 win over the Cardinals on Saturday, behind a 14-point effort from Aaric Armstead at Worthen Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Northern Illinois's No. 250-ranked scoring average of 62.2 PPG, against a RedHawks defense rated No. 160 and allowing 70.84 PPG. The Huskies FG% has averaged 38.1% to date this season, less than the RedHawks shooters have managed so far (44.57% per game).

Next up:
Miami (Ohio) at Ohio, Saturday, February 8th
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan, Sunday, February 9th