Ohio at Northern Illinois odds, picks and prediction

The Ohio Bobcats (23-7, 14-5 MAC) meet the Northern Illinois Huskies (8-21, 5-14) Friday. Tip-off at the NIU Convocation Center in Dekalb, Ill., is slated for 8 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Ohio vs. Northern Illinois odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Ohio is coming off a key 80-77 loss to the MAC East’s last-placed team Bowling Green Tuesday. OU has dropped three of its last four games. Two of those recent losses — at Kent State and at BGSU — were on the road. The Bobcats shot a combined 29.5% from the floor in those setbacks away from home.

The Huskies lost 74-62 at OU Jan. 25. That loss is one of 13 in the team’s last 16 games. Northern Illinois has coughed up 74.5 points per game over that stretch.

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Ohio at Northern Illinois odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Ohio -550 (bet $550 to win $100) | Northern Illinois +400 (bet $100 to win $400)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Ohio -9.5 (-120) | Northern Illinois +9.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 137.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)

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Ohio at Northern Illinois odds, lines, picks and predictions


Ohio 75, Northern Illinois 65

Money line

PASS. A fair price in the 400s is well bottled up.

Against the spread

NIU is listing as it approaches the finish line. The Huskies simply don’t have the offense to hang in this one.

Peg the Bowling Green loss as a pre-tourney wake-up call for the Bobcats.

The lean is s slight one: consider a partial-unit play on OHIO -9.5 (-120).


Some turnover/transition action and a decent number of projected foul shots get this one to 140 more times than not.

BACK THE OVER 137.5 (-107).

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