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Northern Illinois Huskies vs Broncos College Hoops Game Preview

Northern Illinois HuskiesWestern Michigan Broncos
13-15March 04, 2014, 07:00 | University Arena19-9

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Western Michigan vs Northern Illinois battle Tuesday at University Arena as the Broncos look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Supporters of the Huskies have watched them go 13-15 and 14-10-2 ATS on the year, while the Broncos are at 19-9 and 13-11-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Broncos are 14-10, while the Huskies have a 12-13-1 mark.

View Northern Illinois Huskies vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds and Stats.

Western Michigan opened as -11-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.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 144-ranked Broncos and the No. 112-rated Huskies in this matchup.

Northern Illinois lost its last outing, a 56-52 result against Eastern Michigan on March 1. They covered in that game as a 9-point underdog. Aaric Armstead scored 11 points in a futile effort to lead the Huskies to a win (they lost 56-52 to Eastern Michigan at EMU Convocation Center on Saturday).

Western Michigan was a 96-85 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Toledo. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. Western Michigan got 29 points from David Brown on the way to a 96-85 loss against Toledo on Saturday at Savage Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Huskies is ranked No. 31 in NCAA hoops at 38.04 per game. Contrast that with Western Michigan’s No. 133 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Western Michigan is the No. 143-ranked team in the country at 5.89 per game, while Northern Illinois rates No. 249 at 4.32 per game.

A few Huskies at Broncos trends to consider:
Northern Illinois is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northern Illinois's last 7 games
Northern Illinois is 6-0-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Western Michigan is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Western Michigan is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Western Michigan's last 10 games
Western Michigan is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Northern Illinois home to Ball State, Saturday, March 8th
Western Michigan at Central Michigan, Friday, March 7th