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UC Riverside Highlanders vs Northern Illinois Huskies in college hoops odds

Northern Illinois HuskiesUC Riverside Highlanders
4-5December 22, 2013, 05:00 | Student Center4-6

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between UC Riverside and Northern Illinois on Sunday, with the host Highlanders trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Huskies will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 3-5 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Highlanders are 4-4 ATS. Northern Illinois is 1-6-1 against the total, while UC Riverside is 2-5 versus the number.

View Northern Illinois Huskies vs UC Riverside Highlanders Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, UC Riverside sat as -5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 277 (Highlanders) and the No. 247 (Huskies) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

In their last action, Northern Illinois was a 55-49 winner on the road against Loyola of Chicago. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. The Huskies grabbed a 55-49 win over the Ramblers on Wednesday, behind a 14-point effort from Travon Baker at Joseph J. Gentile Center.

UC Riverside was a 57-56 winner in their most recent outing at home against Illinois-Chicago. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. The Highlanders got 15 points from Chris Patton as UC Riverside ran past Illinois-Chicago 57-56 on Friday at Student Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and UC Riverside has the nation's No. 239-rated offensive output, at 65.1 PPG. The visiting Huskies defense ranks No. 42 allowing on average 64.33 PPG. The Highlanders FG% has averaged 43.27% so far, more than the Huskies marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.4% per game.

Next up:
Northern Illinois at Iowa State, Tuesday, December 31st
UC Riverside at Sacramento State, Sunday, December 29th