Northern Illinois vs. Ohio: Full Game Preview

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Northern Illinois vs. Ohio: Full Game Preview
Northern Illinois
(3-11, 1-7 away)
Ohio
(11-5, 10-1 home)
Venue: Convocation Center (OH)
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 16, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Northern Illinois A Nader 13.6 A Bolin 4.4 T Baker 1.9
Ohio D Cooper 14.7 I Baltic 5.3 D Cooper 8.3

Digging into season numbers, Ohio has the advantage in three key categories. The Bobcats have an edge in assists, 19 per game to nine per game. Ohio also has an advantage in scoring, 74 points per game to 57 points per game. Finally, the Bobcats have the upper hand in field goal percentage as well, 48% to 37%.

Northern Illinois StatSmack

  • Ohio is a better free-throw-shooting team (73.1% vs 65.4%) than Northern Illinois this season.
  • You get an A for effort, but Ohio has emerged victorious against Northern Illinois the last 5 times they've played.
  • D.J Cooper is ranked 7th in the MAC in points, 4th in the MAC in three-pointers, 3rd nationally in assists, and 4th in the MAC in steals.
  • We just win. Ohio has more wins over the last 5 years than Northern Illinois (113 vs 42).
  • Ohio players are more experienced than Northern Illinois players (17,517 minutes played vs 7,727 minutes played).
  • The Ohio scoring leader (D.J Cooper) has more points than the Northern Illinois scoring leader (Akeem Springs).
  • It's only wins and losses, but Ohio has a better overall record than Northern Illinois this season (8-5 vs 2-10).
  • Ohio is a better three-point shooting team (36.2% vs 27.7%) than Northern Illinois this season.
  • The Ohio blocks leader (Jon Smith) has more blocks than the Northern Illinois blocks leader (Sam Mader).
  • At least you keep showing up. Ohio has an average margin of victory of 15 over Northern Illinois in 21 wins since 1980.
NIU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Abdel Nader 23 14 4 1 1 0 3
D+ Aksel Bolin 26 7 4 2 1 0 2
D+ Akeem Springs 22 9 3 1 1 0 2
D Darrell Bowie 18 5 3 0 1 0 2
D Kevin Gray 18 4 4 1 0 0 1
D Travon Baker 23 5 2 2 2 0 2
D Sam Mader 20 5 2 1 1 1 1
D Daveon Balls 21 4 1 2 1 0 2
D- Keith Gray 16 4 3 0 0 0 1
D- Mike Davis 14 3 2 0 1 0 1
D- A. Christian 11 4 2 0 0 0 1
F Tony Nixon 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
F J.J. Cravatta 8 2 1 0 0 0 0
F Brandon Hayes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
OHIO Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ D.J Cooper 30 15 3 8 2 0 4
C+ Walter Offutt 30 11 3 2 1 0 2
C+ Ivo Baltic 27 9 5 2 2 1 3
C+ Reggie Keely 20 11 4 1 1 1 2
C Nick Kellogg 26 9 2 2 1 0 1
C Jon Smith 19 5 4 0 1 1 0
D+ Travis Wilkins 12 4 1 1 1 0 0
D+ Ricardo Johnson 13 3 2 1 0 0 1
D+ T.J. Hall 12 4 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Stevie Taylor 10 3 0 2 1 0 1
D Kadeem Green 7 4 1 0 0 0 0
D David McKinley 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Nick Goff 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
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