Central Michigan Chippewas (15-10) vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (11-14)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET
NIU Convocation Center
The Central Michigan Chippewas look to get back on track when they visit the Northern Illinois Huskies. Central Michigan has lost two straight games while Northern Illinois is coming off a hard-fought 90-88 overtime win against Buffalo.
According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, Central Michigan has a 53.4% chance to win (through Monday).
Poor shooting costs Central Michigan at Akron
Eric Parrish led Akron with 21 points and nine rebounds in their 69-63 win over Central Michigan last Saturday.
Kevin McKay had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Chippewas but the Zips held them to just 40.7 percent shooting (24-for-59) and a poor 22.7 percent from distance (5-for-22). Making just 10 of 21 free-throws also didn’t help Central Michigan.
Key Stats of the Central Michigan Chippewas:
- 78.2 points per game (74th)
- 37.6 rebounds per game (85th)
- 13.3 assists per game (210th)
- 71.6 points allowed (160th)
Players to watch:
Shawn Roundtree (15.1 points, 4.0 assists)
Cecil Williams (15.0 points, 6.6 rebounds)
David DiLeo (12.3 points, 7.3 rebounds)
Northern Illinois completes epic comeback against Buffalo
Eugene German finished with 28 points to help Northern Illinois come from behind and beat Buffalo 90-88 in overtime last Saturday.
Levi Bradley added 22 points in the win and Justin Thomas scored a career-high 17 points to help the Huskies end a four-game losing streak. Northern Illinois trailed 45-37 at halftime and they were losing by 13 with 8:19 left in the game before going on an 18-1 run and eventually forcing overtime.
Key Stats of the Northern Illinois Huskies:
- 74.4 points per game (168th)
- 34.6 rebounds per game (224th)
- 10.0 assists per game (344th)
- 75.1 points allowed (254th)
Players to watch:
Eugene German (20.0 points per game)
Levi Bradley (14.6 points, 5.2 rebounds)
Dante Thorpe (11.7 points per game)
The Central Michigan Chippewas are:
- 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 games against conference opponents
- 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games after a straight up loss
- 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games after an ATS loss
The Northern Illinois Huskies are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last six home games
These two teams met on January 30 and Central Michigan prevailed 81-67 behind a career-high 24 points from Josh Kozinski, who had a program record eight 3-pointers. Eugene German scored 21 points with seven rebounds for Northern Illinois but the Chippewas made 17 3-point shots in 41 attempts (41.5 percent).
Central Michigan is really struggling right now while Northern Illinois is coming off a huge upset win. That said, the Chippewas are the better team, that can’t be denied, but they’re just 3-6 in road games, giving up 81.3 points per game in those contests.