A game after he put up 27 points in an 83-74 win over Drexel, Xavier Johnson leads the Pittsburgh Panthers (1-1) at home against the Northern Illinois Huskies (0-2) as 9-point favorites. The matchup, which begins at 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, December 5, 2020, airs on ESP+. The matchup's point total is 62.5.
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- Nike Sibande averaged 13.8 points per game last season.
- Johnson dished out 4.9 assists a game and Justin Champagnie grabbed 7.0 rebounds per contest.
- Last season, Champagnie made 1.0 three per game.
- Johnson swiped 1.8 steals per game. Terrell Brown collected 1.5 blocks an outing.
Northern Illinois Leaders
- Trendon Hankerson racked up 7.5 points per game last season and recorded 2.0 assists.
- Tyler Cochran pulled down 4.2 rebounds per game.
- Hankerson was prolific from the three-point line a season ago, connecting on 1.3 per game.
- Hankerson averaged 0.9 steals per game. Nathan Scott collected 0.7 blocks a game.
Pittsburgh vs Northern Illinois: Last Meeting
Pittsburgh vs Northern Illinois (Last 1 Games)
- Last year, the Panthers recorded only 0.7 more points per game (65.2) than the Huskies allowed (64.5).
- When Pittsburgh scored more than 64.5 points last season, it went 12-0 against the spread and 11-7 overall.
- Northern Illinois put together a 5-10 record against the spread and went 7-8 overall last season when giving up more than 65.2 points.
- The Huskies put up an average of 66.8 points per game last year, only 1.1 more points than the 65.7 the Panthers allowed to opponents.
- Northern Illinois put together a 7-0 ATS record and a 14-3 overall record last season in games it scored more than 65.7 points.
- Pittsburgh had an ATS record of 4-12 and a 3-14 record overall last season when its opponents scored more than 66.8 points.
- The Panthers had a negative point differential last season (-17 total points, -0.5 per game), while the Huskies scored 73 more points than their opponents (2.3 per game).
- The Panthers and the Huskies rebounded at a similar clip last season (30.5 and 35.1 boards per game, respectively).
- The Huskies were 7-11 against the spread when grabbing more boards than their opponents. The Panthers were 8-12 when they lost the rebounding battle
- The Panthers and the Huskies were evenly matched on the offensive boards last season, with the teams averaging 10.2 and 9.8 offensive rebounds per game, respectively.
- When the Panthers grabbed the most offensive rebounds they were 6-10-1 against the spread. When recording fewer boards, the Huskies were 7-0.
- Rebounding margin was a sore spot for the Panthers last season with a mark of -2.7 rebounds per game, and the Huskies routinely had an advantage on the boards, averaging a margin of +3.8.