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College Basketball Matchup - Northern Illinois Huskies Akron Zips Odds Preview

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Jan 12, 4:00 PM | NIU Convocation Center

Akron Zips vs Northern Illinois Huskies Odds


NIU Convocation Center will host Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Akron Zips action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Huskies currently sports a 3-10 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-5 ATS. The Zips are 10-4 and 6-3 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Huskies produce a 2-8 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Zips have gone 3-4 against the number.

View Akron vs Northern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Akron before tip-off in this one found them as 12-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Huskies at No. 271 and the Zips at No. 55 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 79-59 result in favor of the Zips.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northern Illinois's No. 330 nationally ranked offense (58.1 points per game) against a Zips defense that sits as the No. 106 at 63.4 PPG. The Huskies have been averaging 38.1% from the field, less than the Zips have managed so far this season (47% on average).

Defensively, Akron features the nation's No. 202-rated defense on the road, allowing 72 points per game. Northern Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 340 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Akron, they were a 65-43 winner as they battled Western Michigan at home. They covered in the match as a 14.5-point favorite. The Zips blew out Western Michigan on Wednesday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 65-43 win at James A. Rhodes Arena.

Northern Illinois was a 72-61 winner in its last match on the road against Miami (Ohio). They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. Northern Illinois earned a 72-61 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday, getting 11 points from Aksel Bolin at Millett Hall.

Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Ball State are 8-2
After playing Western Michigan are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-6
Before playing Ohio are 3-7
After playing Miami (Ohio) are 3-7
After a win are 1-9

A few Zips at Huskies trends to consider:
Akron is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Northern Illinois's last 7 games when playing Akron
Northern Illinois is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games at home
Northern Illinois is 4-9-2 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Akron
Northern Illinois is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing Akron

Next up:
Akron home to Ball State, Wednesday, January 16
Northern Illinois at Ohio, Wednesday, January 16