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With March upon us, conference tournament play continues as the MAC continues its tournament this Friday. In this semifinals matchup, the Northern Illinois Huskies will travel to Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Bowling Green Falcons. Northern Illinois enters this game with a 17-16 record while Bowling Green enters this game with a 21-11 record. Now, both teams will be looking to improve on their records this Friday.
Northern Illinois Wins Five Of Its Last Six
Northern Illinois entered this season with the hopes of improvement as the team brought back some key contributors from last season. So far this season, the team has accomplished that goal as the team has finished the regular season with 15 wins. Specifically, the team finished the regular season in good form as it won three of its last four games. However, the team kept its momentum going as the team defeated Ohio in the first round of its conference tournament followed by an upset win over Toledo in the quarterfinals. In that game, the team’s offense play really well as it scored 80 points on over 58% shooting from the three-point line. With another neutral site game up next, the team’s offense will need to play well once again.
The Northern Illinois Huskies are led by junior guard Eugene German who was great last season. Last season, German was fantastic as he scored 20.6 points per game along with 3.8 rebounds. This season, he has been able to duplicate that level of success as he leads the team with 19.8 points per game along with 5.1 rebounds. German enters this game in solid form as he has scored 15 points in each of his last five games.
Bowling Green Looks For Another Win
This season, Bowling Green has looked like one of the best teams in the conference as the team is currently 21-11. However, the team’s record is partially due to the team’s extremely easy schedule up to this point. The team was able to snap its two-game losing streak beating Ball State in its last game. In that game, Bowling Green’s offense was amazing as the team scored 99 points on over 56% shooting from the floor. However, with a spot in the finals of the MAC conference tournament at stake, Bowling Green’s offense will need to keep playing well.
The Bowling Green Falcons are led by sophomore guard Justin Turner who was a huge factor on last year’s team. Last season, he was extremely solid as he averaged 15.9 points per game along with 3.6 rebounds. However, he has managed to play even better this season as he is currently leading the team in scoring with 18.7 points per game along with 3.8 rebounds. Turner enters this game off of an underwhelming ten point performance against Ball State in the team’s last game.
- Over is 7-0-1 in Falcons last 8 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game.
- Over is 4-0 in Falcons last 4 games following an ATS win.
- Over is 5-1 in Huskies last 6 neutral site games.
- Over is 4-1 in Huskies last 5 overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Simply put, Bowling Green is the better all-around team, I simply believe that the spread is too low for the Falcons not to cover. Northern Illinois is an underrated team that plays with a lot of toughness but it does not have enough firepower on offense to match Bowling Green in an uptempo basketball game so I do not trust the Huskies in this game. I expect Bowling Green to win this game pretty handily so I lean to the Falcons in this one.
Prediction: Bowling Green
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams have the ability to score some points and I think that their respective defenses are highly overrated. These teams played once already this season and they combined to score 154 points. Bowling Green loves to play uptempo and I cannot see Northern Illinois refusing to participate in an uptempo style of play. As a result, I think this total is a bit too low as a result so I recommend the over in this matchup.