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Akron Zips open as NIT tournament hoops underdog vs Northwestern Wildcats

Akron ZipsNorthwestern Wildcats
March 13, 9:00 PM | Welsh-Ryan Arena

Akron Zips vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds

22-11TEAM RECORD18-13

Akron pays a visit to Northwestern on Tuesday, hoping to send the Wildcats to a first-round NIT tournament loss while covering the college basketball spread at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The Wildcats sit at 18-13 (13-12-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Zips are currently 22-11 (19-10 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Northwestern is 16-10 OU, and Akron is 15-14 OU.

View Akron vs Northwestern Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Wildcats are listed as 6.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 228 (Wildcats) and the No. 42 (Zips) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 75-70 result in favor of the Zips has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Northwestern has the nation's No. 134-rated offensive output, at 69.5 PPG. The visiting Zips defense ranks No. 125 allowing on average 65.6 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 45.3% so far, less than the Zips marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.2% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Akron owns the country's No. 78-rated mark, allowing 65.7 points per game on the highway. Northwestern, on the other hand, rates No. 164 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Akron, they were a 64-63 loser as they battled Ohio at home. They covered in the match as a 1.5-point underdog. The Zips got 19 points from Alex Abreu, but it was Ohio that prevailed in a 64-63 final on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Northwestern was a 75-68 loser in its last match at home against Minnesota. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. The Wildcats endured a 75-68 loss at the hands of the Golden Gophers on Thursday, despite a 24-point effort from JerShon Cobb at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
After playing Ohio are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

A few Zips at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Akron's last 17 games on the road
Akron is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Northwestern is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northwestern's last 6 games at home