Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Bobcats and Huskies. The game is starting at 4:30 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Huskies at NIU Convocation Center in Dekalb, IL. Get ready to place your bets! Ohio come into this Mid-American conference matchup as the -7.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 149.5 points.

OHIO BOBCATS VS NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Northern Illinois Huskies +7.5

This game will be played at NIU Convocation Center at 4:30 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Huskies.
  • Not only will Northern Illinois pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 149.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can the Bobcats Offense Score Enough on the Road?

Ohio has been favored in 20 of their 26 games this season, including their last 10 road contests. They have gone 12-8 as the favorite, and they are coming off a 63-57 win over Kent State. The Bobcats are 14-12 overall, including an 8-5 mark in Mid-American Conference play.

As the favorite, Ohio is 2-7 on the road this season, compared to their 11-5 record at home. Their average scoring margin on the road is -3.0, while it is +6.6 at home. They have lost two straight road games and are 2-8 in their last 10.

As the favorite, Ohio has gone 10-10 vs. the spread this year and they have an overall ATS record of 12-13. On the road, the Bobcats are just 3-6 vs. the spread this season and they have gone 3-7 in their last 10 road games vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Ohio has been 13-12 and the average over/under line in their games is 150.2. So far, 12 of their games have had a higher over/under line than today's line of 149.5. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 157 points.

The Ohio offense is coming off a game in which they scored 63 points vs. Kent State. Overall their field goal percentage was 35.4% while connecting on 8 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Jaylin Hunter with 13 points. Miles Brown also added 10 points for the Bobcats.

At this time, the Bobcats' defense is positioned 178th in the country, permitting 72.3 points per game. Against Kent State in their most recent game, the Ohio defense gave up a total of 57 points while allowing Kent State to hit 35% of their shots.

Can the Huskies Grab a Win at Home?

After their 70-63 loss to Ball State, Northern Illinois has a record of 9-17, including a 3-10 mark in Mid-American Conference action. So far, the Huskies have gone 4-7 at home.

Over their last 10 games at home, the Huskies have a record of 3-7. On the season, they are averaging a scoring differential of -6.1 points per game at home.

As the underdog this season, Northern Illinois has gone just 5-14 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 3-8 and they are 1-8 in their last 10 games vs. the spread at home.

So far this season, the over/under record in Northern Illinois games is 12-12. Today's over/under line of 149.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (151.5). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points, and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 4-6.

In their most recent game, the Northern Illinois offense put up just 63 points vs. the Ball State Cardinals. Overall, they are now averaging 73.9 points per game which is 209th in the country. The team's scoring leader is David Coit, who holds an average of 19.3 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, Zarique Nutter is averaging 15.4 points per game this season.

At present, the Huskies' defense is nationally ranked 302nd, allowing 78.1 points per game. Northern Illinois will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Ball State to just 33% shooting in their most recent game.