Halftime Report

N. Illinois fell flat on their face against the Golden Flashes last Saturday, but memory of that harsh loss doesn't seem to have tripped them up today. N. Illinois has jumped out to a quick 31-27 lead against the Cardinals.

N. Illinois came into the match with some extra motivation after the loss they were dealt the last time these two teams faced off. We'll see if they're able to flip the script or if it'll just be more of the same.

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Ball State Cardinals @ N. Illinois Huskies

Current Records: Ball State 12-13, N. Illinois 9-16

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N. Illinois is 2-8 against the Cardinals since March of 2019 but they'll have a chance to close the gap a little bit on Tuesday. Both teams will face off in a Mid American battle at 8:00 p.m. ET at Convocation Center. Both of these teams will be looking for a pick-me-up after considerable defeats in their previous games.

It's hard to win when you don't work as a unit and post ten fewer assists than your opponent, a fact N. Illinois found out the hard way on Saturday. They took a serious blow against the Golden Flashes, falling 85-47. The result shouldn't come as a shock considering that's the fewest points N. Illinois has scored all season.

Perhaps unsurprisingly given the score, N. Illinois struggled to get the ball back on offense and finished the game with only four offensive rebounds. They are 1-3 when they can't control their own glass like that.

Meanwhile, Ball State managed to keep up with the RedHawks until halftime on Saturday, but things quickly went downhill from there. Things couldn't have gone much worse for the Cardinals as they lost 80-59 to the RedHawks. Ball State just can't catch a break and has now endured three losses in a row.

The Huskies have been struggling recently as they've lost 12 of their last 15 matchups, which put a noticeable dent in their 9-16 record this season. As for the Cardinals, they now have a losing record at 12-13.

Looking ahead, N. Illinois is expected to win a tight contest, barring any buzzer beaters. For those looking to play the spread, careful betting on N. Illinois: they have a less-than-stellar 7-16 record against the spread this season.

N. Illinois came up short against the Cardinals in their previous matchup back in January, falling 81-71. Will N. Illinois have more luck at home instead of on the road?


N. Illinois is a slight 1-point favorite against Ball State, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 1-point spread, and stayed right there.

The over/under is 145.5 points.

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Series History

Ball State has won 8 out of their last 10 games against N. Illinois.

  • Jan 27, 2024 - Ball State 81 vs. N. Illinois 71
  • Feb 14, 2023 - Ball State 87 vs. N. Illinois 77
  • Jan 28, 2023 - Ball State 87 vs. N. Illinois 69
  • Feb 15, 2022 - N. Illinois 64 vs. Ball State 58
  • Jan 27, 2022 - Ball State 74 vs. N. Illinois 67
  • Jan 16, 2021 - Ball State 78 vs. N. Illinois 58
  • Dec 08, 2020 - Ball State 79 vs. N. Illinois 70
  • Mar 06, 2020 - Ball State 75 vs. N. Illinois 54
  • Feb 11, 2020 - Ball State 63 vs. N. Illinois 59
  • Mar 08, 2019 - N. Illinois 64 vs. Ball State 57