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Northern Illinois won its last two games after a 5-game skid; Huskies are 2-9 in last 11 games with Ball State, sweeping Cardinals 75-63/71-67 in LY’s games, after having lost nine in row. MAC home favorites of 6 or less points are 23-14 vs spread. Ball State won four of last five games, but lost three of last four at home- they lead division by game over three teams. Huskies lost last four road games, can tie Cards for first here.

Akron won eight of last nine games, losing by point at NIU; Zips won nine of last 12 games with Kent State, beating Flashes 53-51 in MAC tourney LY- they lost last two visits here by total of five points. Kent lost four of last six games after a 15-5 start; they won five of last six at home, losing to Toledo. Akron is 4-3 on MAC road, also losing by 11-14 at CMU/Toledo. MAC home favorites of 6 or less points are 23-14.

Columbia won 55-54 at Harvard Jan 30, after trailing early 29-9; Lions are 2-12 in last 14 series games, losing in OT twice in last four series tilts in this gym. Columbia is 12-2 vs teams outside the top 200, with both losses in November. Harvard lost six of last seven ganes; they’re 0-3 on Ivy road, losing by 13-21-10 points- they’re worst FT shooting team in America. Ivy League home favorites of 6+ points are 4-5 vs spread.

Brown lost six of last eight games, but one of wins was 89-83 at home vs Penn Jan 30, when Bruins hit 13-24 on arc. Brown won last five series games, winning 76-67/71-55 in last two visits here. Quakers won three of last four games after a 6-11 start, winning last two at home. Brown is 0-3 on ivy road, losing by 9-6-7 points. Ivy League home favorites of 5 or less points are 4-3 against the spread.

Yale leads Princeton by game with six to play; there is no tournament in Ivy League, so Yale win here goes long way to clinching first league title in 57 years. Yale is 6-1 in last seven vs Princeton, winning two of last three here. Princeton lost 79-75 at Yale Jan 30, its only loss in last nine games. Bulldogs made 11-19 on arc that night. Ivy League home teams are 6-5 vs spread in games where spread was 4 or less points.

Dartmouth lost five of last six games, one of which was 77-73 home loss to Cornell Jan 30; Big Green blew 12-point lead with 10:14 to play, for Cornell’s 7th win in last ten series games. Home side won six of last eight series games; Big Green won 56-45 here LY, its first win in Ithaca in at least 12 years. Ivy League home favorites of 5 or less points are 4-3 vs spread. Cornell lost its last four games overall, allowing 86.5 ppg.

VCU beat Richmond 94-89 in OT Jan 16, its 13th win in last 17 series games in this intense rivalry; Rams trailed by 4 with 1:59 left– Spiders got a technical for having six guys on floor, game wound up in OT. VCU won 14 of its last 16 games. Richmond won by 14 here LY; they lost at Davidson Tuesday even though Wildcats’ best player didn’t play. A-14 home favorites of 9+ points are 16-13 vs spread.

Valparaiso won 84-67 at Oakland Jan 8, first win for visitor in five series games; Grizzlies lost by 3-6 in two visits here. Valpo is 12-2 in Horizon but lost last home game; their 43.3 eFG% defense is #5 in country, but they’re not as good as usual on offense. Oakland won eight of last nine games, scoring 85+ points in seven of eight wins; they’re undefeated on Horizon road (7-0). Horizon home favorites of 8+ points are 11-7.

Detroit won five of last six games after starting season 9-11; Titans ran out to 28-9 lead, pounded Ill-Chicago 87-69 at home Jan 8, its 7th win in last eight series games. Titans won last three visits to Windy City, by 12-6-11 points. UIC is 3-2 in last five games after starting season 2-18; they won three of their last four home games. Horizon home underdogs of 8 or less points are 7-11 against the spread.

Siena’s current 7-2 run started with 63-52 home win over Rider Jan 21, when they held Broncs to 2-20 on arc. Saints won four of last five series games, but lost three of last four visits here. Siena won three of last four road games but did lose at Marist. Rider won five of last six home tilts, losing by point to Monmouth last week. MAAC home teams are 12-10 in games where spread was 2 or less points.

Monmouth made 13-22 on arc in 110-102 win at Iona Jan 15, there was almost a fracas in the handshake line after the game. Gaels are 4-2 in this series, losing 92-89 here LY, routing Hawks 95-77 in MAAC tourney. Iona won five of last six games, winning last three on road, by 8-18-14. Monmouth won its last eight games, in 7-0 at home in MAAC games. MAAC single digit home faves are 16-18 vs spread- 10pm start is odd. .

Denver beat Oral Roberts 78-75 at home Jan 6, despite Titans making 12 of 19 behind arc; home side won all three series games- Titans lost 60-57 here LY. Last four Denver games were all decided by 4 or less points; they’re 2-4 on Summit road, winning at WIU/Omaha. ORU won its last two games after a 3-12 drought; they’re 3-4 at home in conference play. Summit League home favorites of 5+ points are 9-17 vs spread.