N. Illinois looks for home win vs E. Michigan
Eastern Michigan (13-15, 7-8) vs. Northern Illinois (13-15, 6-9)
Convocation Center, DeKalb, Illinois; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Northern Illinois looks for its fourth straight win over Eastern Michigan at Convocation Center. The last victory for the Eagles at Northern Illinois was a 73-65 win on Feb. 21, 2015.
VETERAN PRESENCE: Senior leadership could play a big role in the outcome of this game. Levi Bradley, Dante Thorpe and Lacey James have combined to score 48 percent percent of all Northern Illinois points this season and 51 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Eastern Michigan, Elijah Minnie, Paul Jackson, James Thompson IV and Boubacar Toure have collectively accounted for 66 percent of all Eastern Michigan scoring, including 69 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.
FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Jackson has either made or assisted on 42 percent of all Eastern Michigan field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 15 field goals and 17 assists in those games.
THRIVING WITH THREES: Eastern Michigan is 6-0 when it makes eight or more 3-pointers and 7-15 when it falls short of that total. Northern Illinois is 7-0 when it makes at least nine from 3-point range and 6-15 on the year, otherwise.
ASSIST RATIOS: The Eagles have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Huskies. Northern Illinois has an assist on 26 of 69 field goals (37.7 percent) across its previous three contests while Eastern Michigan has assists on 30 of 77 field goals (39 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Eastern Michigan is rated first among MAC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 36 percent. The Eagles have averaged 12.6 offensive boards per game.