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Northern Illinois Huskies vs Ohio Bobcats Preview

Ohio BobcatsNorthern Illinois Huskies
12-4January 18, 2014, 08:00 | NIU Convocation Center7-8

The Northern Illinois Huskies will be trying to slam the Ohio Bobcats on Saturday when the teams tip off at NIU Convocation Center in college betting action.

The Huskies are 7-8 so far on the season, and 5-8 ATS vs. the number. The Bobcats, meanwhile, are 12-4 and 6-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Northern Illinois go 4-8-1 and the Bobcats go 5-3-1 on the totals.

View Ohio Bobcats vs Northern Illinois Huskies Odds and Stats.

The Bobcats were listed as -7-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The Huskies - Bobcats odds would favor the Bobcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Northern Illinois is rated No. 232 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Ohio is at No. 100.

In their last action, Ohio was a 71-51 winner at home against Ball State. They covered the 14.5-point spread as favorites. Ohio cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Ball State out of the gym and running up a 71-51 score at Ohio University Convocation Center.

Northern Illinois lost its last outing, a 73-64 result against Kent State on January 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 6-point underdog. Northern Illinois got 15 points from Aaron Armstead but lost anyway, 73-64, to Kent State on Wednesday at NIU Convocation Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northern Illinois's No. 249 nationally ranked offense (63.07 points per game) against a Bobcats defense that sits as the No. 38 at 64.5 PPG. The Huskies have been averaging 38.71% from the field, less than the Bobcats have managed so far this season (44.2% on average).

A few Bobcats at Huskies trends to consider:
Ohio is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Ohio is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Ohio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
Northern Illinois is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Northern Illinois is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games at home
Northern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Ohio

Next up:
Ohio home to Bowling Green, Wednesday, January 22nd
Northern Illinois at Toledo, Wednesday, January 22nd