Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Akron Zips - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Akron Zips (12-5) at Northern Illinois Huskies (7-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm (NIU Convocation Center)
The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Akron Zips will travel to the NIU Convocation Center to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies this Wednesday night.
The Akron Zips improved to 12-5 (3-1 MAC) on the season after defeating the Central Michigan Chippewas 82-76 this past Saturday. Akron shot 40.0% (14-35) from behind the arc and outrebounded Central Michigan by a 43-32 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Zips was Reggie McAdams who had 31 points and 6 rebounds. Akron is ranked 117th in the RPI Standings and has played the 155th ranked SOS. On the season, the Zips have been led by Pat Forsythe (10.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.6 bpg) and Deji Ibitayo (10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.1 spg). Offensively, Akron is averaging 70.2 ppg (ranked 123rd) on 42.5% shooting (ranked 232nd). The Zips are marking 9.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 13th) and has a turnover margin of 2.4 (ranked 42nd). Defensively, Akron is holding their opponents to an average of 62.1 ppg (ranked 77th) on 40.8% shooting (ranked 106th). The Zips are averaging 5.1 spg (ranked 36th) and 35.59 total rpg (ranked 147th).
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The Northern Illinois Huskies lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 7-8 (1-3 MAC) on the season after losing 54-46 to the Eastern Michigan Eagles this past Saturday. Northern Illinois was held to 36.6% shooting from the field and 28.6% (4-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Huskies was Aaric Armstead who had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Northern Illinois is ranked 198th in the RPI Standings and has played the 167th ranked SOS. On the season, the Huskies have been led by Darrell Bowie (12.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.4 spg) and Aaric Armstead (11.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.6 spg). Offensively, Northern Illinois is averaging 65.8 ppg (ranked 214th) on 40.4% shooting (ranked 289th). The Huskies have a 0.6 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 335th) and grab an average of 37.67 total rpg (ranked 57th). Defensively, Northern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 65.3 ppg (ranked 158th) on 43.3% shooting (ranked 219th). The Huskies average 7.7 spg (ranked 55th) and have a rebound margin of 6.0 (ranked 35th). Darrell Bowie is questionable for the game with a shoulder injury.
The Zips are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 road games. The Huskies are 6-1-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 15-7-3 ATS in their last 25 games overall.
We’ll have to keep an eye on the status of Darrell Bowie’s status, but even with Bowie, the Huskies will need to be ready to defend the long-range ball as the Zips love to put up from deep. Akron has been playing well lately, and I’m going to roll with them to cover this small road spread. Take the Zips and the points in this one.