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Northern Illinois Huskies visit Massachusetts Minutemen in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Northern Illinois HuskiesMassachusetts Minutemen
3-4December 14, 2013, 03:00 | Mullins Center8-0

A key college battle sees the visiting Northern Illinois Huskies travelling to Massachusetts Saturday to take on the Minutemen.

The Minutemen currently sports a 8-0 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-1 ATS. The Huskies are 3-4 and 2-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Minutemen produce a 4-4 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Huskies have gone 1-4-1 against the number.

View Northern Illinois Huskies vs Massachusetts Minutemen Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Northern Illinois before tip-off in this one found them as 24.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 43-rated Minutemen and the No. 262-ranked Huskies, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Northern Illinois, they were a 64-57 winner as they battled Dartmouth at home. They covered in the match as a 4-point underdog. Northern Illinois got 12 points from Darrell Bowie en route to a 64-57 victory over Dartmouth on Thursday at NIU Convocation Center.

Massachusetts won its last outing, a 105-96 result against BYU on December 7. They covered in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. BYU was victimized by Chaz Williams for 32 points as the Minutemen defeated the Cougars 105-96 in college hoops action on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Massachusetts has the nation's No. 21-rated offensive output, at 84.5 PPG. The visiting Huskies defense ranks No. 38 allowing on average 64.29 PPG. The Minutemen FG% has averaged 47.81% so far, more than the Huskies marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.31% per game.

A few Huskies at Minutemen trends to consider:
Northern Illinois is 3-15 SU in its last 18 games
Northern Illinois is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Northern Illinois's last 7 games on the road
Massachusetts is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Massachusetts is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Massachusetts's last 6 games
Massachusetts is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Northern Illinois at Loyola of Chicago, Wednesday, December 18th
Massachusetts at Ohio, Wednesday, December 18th