Ohio Bobcats vs Northern Illinois Huskies 3-4-22

Ohio Bobcats vs Northern Illinois Huskies 3/4/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Ohio Bobcats vs Northern Illinois Huskies 3/4/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Ohio Bobcats (23-7) are on their way to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies (8-21) in the MAC at NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb on Friday, March 4, 2022, at 8:00 PM ET. Ohio comes into this MAC duel while riding a two-game losing skid but already won a total of 23 outings in their last 30 contests played this season.

 

The Bobcats won six of their last ten matches but lost their last two games versus Akron including their recent three-point loss to the Bowling Green Falcons on March 1. Ohio took 3rd place at 14-5 in the Mid-American Conference with a 23-7 overall standing and an 8-5 road record this season.

 

In their loss to Bowling Green, the Bobcats took the lead at 35-31 over the Falcons in the first half but allowed a 49-point rally by Bowling Green leading to their 77-80 defeat.

 

Forward Ben Vander Plas led the scoring for Ohio with 25 points and added 8 boards while Guard Mark Sears recorded a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds with a team-high 5 assists for the Bobcats.

 

Guard Mark Sears led Ohio with an average scoring of 19.4 PPG on 45.0% overall shooting and dished out an average of 4.1 assists per outing.

 

Forward Ben Vander Plas hauled down an average of 6.8 rebounds per contest for the Bobcats. The Ohio Bobcats marked an average of 74.8 PPG on 43.4% FG while their defense held their opponents with an average scoring of 67.7 PPG this season.

 

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Ohio Bobcats vs Northern Illinois Huskies Predictions 3/4/2022

 

The Northern Illinois Huskies badly needed a win after losing five consecutive contests and dropped their overall record to 8-21 on the year. The Huskies surrendered to Miami (OH), Eastern Michigan, Buffalo (twice in a row), and the Kent State Golden Flashes in succession.

 

Northern Illinois fell to 11th place at 5-14 in the Mid-American Conference with an overall standing at 8-21 and a home record at 2-8 on the year.

 

The Huskies’ offense had difficulty in dealing with the Golden Flashes’ defense after scoring just 25 points while allowing Kent State to gain 32 on the way to their 55-63 loss on March 1. Guard Sincere Curry led the way for NIU with 22 points, 2 rebounds, and a team-high 6 assists.

 

The Huskies marked an average scoring of 64.3 PPG in shooting for 41.9% from the floor while their defense has given away an average scoring of 72.0 PPG for their rivals.

 

Guard Keshawn Williams led NIU in scoring with an average of 16.4 PPG on 43.9% overall shooting, Guard Anthony Crump led in rebounding with an average of 4.8 RPG, and Guard Kaleb Thornton led in assists with an average of 4.0 APG.           

 

Ohio Bobcats vs. Northern Illinois Huskies. The NCAAB Pick for this outing is Ohio -9.5. The Bobcats won eight games on the road while the Huskies struggled at their home court with a 2-8 record. Ohio lost their last two contests but NIU gave up five successive matches.

 

The Bobcats will bounce back with an offense that averages 74.8 PPG and their solid defense can contain the Huskies offense that averages just 64.3 PPG but their defense allowed 72.0 PPG. Prediction: The Ohio Bobcats will win at 75-64.

 

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Ohio Bobcats vs Northern Illinois Huskies 3/4/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 8:00 PM ET

 

Location: NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL

 

Date: Friday, March 4, 2022

 

TV: ESPN+

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Ohio Bobcats -9.5        

 

NCAAB Totals: 137.5

 

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