Central Michigan vs. Northern Illinois Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats and Best Bets – Tuesday, March 5, 2024

The Central Michigan Chippewas (16-13, 10-6 MAC) are 3-point favorites as they look to turn around a three-game losing streak when they visit the Northern Illinois Huskies (10-19, 4-12 MAC) on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at NIU Convocation Center. The game airs at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN+. The matchup has a point total of 136.

Central Michigan vs. Northern Illinois Odds

  • Central Michigan odds to win: -156
  • Northern Illinois odds to win: +131
  • Spread: Central Michigan (-3)
  • Total: 136
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    Game Time and Information

  • Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024
  • Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV: ESPN+
  • Where: DeKalb, Illinois
  • Venue: NIU Convocation Center
  • Who Will Win Central Michigan vs. Northern Illinois?

    Central Michigan and Northern Illinois Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread

    In games it has played as at least 3-point favorites this season, Central Michigan is 5-1 against the spread.

    Northern Illinois has a 7-13 record against the spread this season when an underdog by 3 points or more.

    The Chippewas and the Huskies combine to average 4.2 more points per game than the total of 136 set for this matchup.

    Central Michigan and Northern Illinois have seen its opponents average a combined 12.7 more points per game than the point total of 136 set for this matchup.

    The average point total for Central Michigan’s games this season is 1.5 more points than the total of 136 in this matchup.

    The average point total for the Huskies this year is 15.4 points higher than this game’s over/under.

    The Chippewas have gone 15-12-1 ATS this season.

    The Huskies have gone 9-18-0 ATS this year.

    Central Michigan Stats & Insights

    Central Michigan’s -114 scoring differential (outscored by 3.9 points per game) is a result of scoring 66.8 points per game (327th in college basketball) while allowing 70.7 per contest (135th in college basketball).

    Central Michigan comes up short in the rebound battle by an average of 1.2 boards. It is grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game (152nd in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 37.0 per outing.

    The Chippewas connect on 6.1 three-pointers per game (302nd in college basketball), 1.7 fewer than their opponents (7.8).

    Central Michigan’s 86.6 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 335th in college basketball, and the 91.7 points it allows per 100 possessions rank 151st in college basketball.

    Offensively, the Chippewas have fared better at home this season, posting 71.9 points per game, compared to 62.9 per game in away games.

    Northern Illinois Stats & Insights

    Northern Illinois is being outscored by 4.6 points per game, with a -134 scoring differential overall. It puts up 73.4 points per game (194th in college basketball), and allows 78.0 per outing (326th in college basketball).

    Northern Illinois loses the rebound battle by an average of 1.9 boards. It pulls down 35.2 rebounds per game (181st in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 37.1.

    Northern Illinois knocks down 7.3 three-pointers per game (204th in college basketball), while its opponents have made 7.9 on average.

    Northern Illinois scores 92.3 points per 100 possessions (246th in college basketball), while allowing 98.2 points per 100 possessions (322nd in college basketball).

    In 2023-24 the Huskies are averaging 2.8 more points per game at home (74.0) than away (71.2).

    Central Michigan Key Players to Watch

    The Chippewas leader in points and assists is Anthony Pritchard, who puts up 13.6 points per game to go with 4.4 assists.

    Brian Taylor is Central Michigan’s best rebounder, hauling in an average of 7.7 boards in each contest while scoring 11.3 points per game.

    Aidan Rubio leads the Chippewas in three-point shooting, making an average of 1.7 shots per game from beyond the arc.

    The Central Michigan steals leader is Pritchard, who averages 1.7 takeaways per game, while its blocks leader is Taylor, who compiles 1.1 rejections per contest.

    Northern Illinois Key Players to Watch

    David Coit’s points (20.5 per game) and assists (3.3 per game) stat lines give him the top scoring and assists spots on the Huskies’ leaderboards.

    Xavier Amos’ stat line of 5.8 rebounds, 13.8 points and 1.2 assists per game helps him grab the top spot on the Northern Illinois rebounding leaderboard.

    Coit is dependable from distance and leads the Huskies with 3.1 made threes per game.

    Coit (1.0 steal per game) is the steal leader for Northern Illinois while Yanic Konan Niederhauser (2.0 blocks per game) is the block leader.

    Central Michigan vs. Northern Illinois Prediction

  • Pick ATS: Northern Illinois (+3)
  • Pick OU: Over (136)
  • Prediction:
    Northern Illinois 73, Central Michigan 72
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