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Northern Illinois vs. Pittsburgh 12/5/2020 College Basketball Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Northern Illinois takes on Pittsburgh on 12/5/2020 at 7:00PM.

Northern Illinois and Pittsburgh face off in an regular season game for both teams as every game in this shortened College Basketball season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Northern Illinois has a record of 0-2 this season. Pittsburgh is 1-1 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

The Northern Illinois Roster

The Players to Watch for Northern Illinois

Darius Beane 6-3 175 Guard

Darius Beane has a 17.9 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Darius Beane this season has 0.227% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made 0.0% of his three point shots fired this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. He made 0.529% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Darius Beane has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Tyler Cochran 6-2 220 Guard

Tyler Cochran has a 23.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Tyler Cochran this season has 0.077% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made 0.5% of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. He made 0.5% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Tyler Cochran has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Trendon Hankerson 6-2 185 Guard

Trendon Hankerson has a 9.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Trendon Hankerson this season has 0.462% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Trendon Hankerson shot 0.333% from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Trendon Hankerson shot 0.714% inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

This season, when shots were missed, Trendon Hankerson is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. His inability to prevent himself from committing turnovers is a massive liability for his team.

Defensive Breakdown

Trendon Hankerson has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Adong Makuoi 6-9 220 Center

Adong Makuoi sports a 6.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Adong Makuoi this season has 0.0% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Adong Makuoi shot nan% from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.4% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. His inability to prevent himself from committing turnovers is a massive liability for his team.

Defensive Breakdown

Adong Makuoi has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Adong Makuoi is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Zool Kueth 6-7 200 Forward

Zool Kueth has a 5.5 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Zool Kueth this season has 0.333% of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.0% of his three point shots fired this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. He made 0.5% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Zool Kueth has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Nathan Scott 6-8 195 Forward

Nathan Scott has a 13.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Nathan Scott attempted 0.4% of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.5% of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Nathan Scott shot 0.333% inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

This season, when shots were missed, Nathan Scott is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Nathan Scott has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. He is not a shot blocker. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Zaire Mateen 6-0 170 Guard

Zaire Mateen has a -1.7 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Zaire Mateen this season has 0.667% of his shots attempted from 3 point range It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. Zaire Mateen shot 0.0% from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. He made 1.0% of his two point shots attempted this season. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

This season, when shots were missed, Zaire Mateen is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

Zaire Mateen has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

The Pittsburgh Roster

The Players to Watch for Pittsburgh

Au’Diese Toney 6-6 210 Guard

Au’Diese Toney has a 28.2 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Au’Diese Toney this season has 0.409% of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.444% of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Au’Diese Toney shot 0.846% inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Au’Diese Toney has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Xavier Johnson 6-3 200 Guard

Xavier Johnson has a 23.7 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Xavier Johnson this season has 0.545% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Xavier Johnson shot 0.25% from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.8% of his two point shots attempted this season. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

This season, when shots were missed, Xavier Johnson is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. His inability to prevent himself from committing turnovers is a massive liability for his team.

Defensive Breakdown

Xavier Johnson has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Xavier Johnson is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Justin Champagnie 6-6 200 Guard

Justin Champagnie sports a 16.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Justin Champagnie this season has 0.222% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Justin Champagnie shot 0.167% from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Justin Champagnie shot 0.524% inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Justin Champagnie has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Justin Champagnie is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Karim Coulibaly 6-8 215 Forward

Karim Coulibaly sports a 22.5 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Karim Coulibaly attempted 0.0% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Karim Coulibaly shot nan% from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Karim Coulibaly shot 0.8% inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Karim Coulibaly has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Ithiel Horton 6-3 200 Guard

Ithiel Horton sports a 1.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Ithiel Horton attempted 0.6% of his shots from three point range. He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. Ithiel Horton shot 0.333% from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Ithiel Horton shot 0.5% inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. His inability to prevent himself from committing turnovers is a massive liability for his team.

Defensive Breakdown

Ithiel Horton has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

John Hugley 6-9 240 Forward

John Hugley has a 3.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

John Hugley attempted 0.091% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. John Hugley shot 0.0% from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. John Hugley shot 0.4% inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. His inability to prevent himself from committing turnovers is a massive liability for his team.

Defensive Breakdown

John Hugley has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Northern Illinois vs. Pittsburgh Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Northern Illinois 56 Pittsburgh 78

Spread Pick: Pittsburgh -14 -110 JustBet
Total Pick: Over 133.5 -112 Pinnacle Sports