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Akron vs. Northern Illinois - 3/9/15 MAC Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Illinois Huskies (14-15) at Akron Zips (18-13)

College Basketball: Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)

The Line: Akron Zips -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Northern Illinois Huskies and Akron Zips meet Monday in the first round of the MAC Tournament.

The Northern Illinois Huskies look to stay hot after winning four straight games. On the season, NIU is averaging 65.5 points on 42.7 percent shooting and is allowing 66.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Aaric Armstead is averaging 11.1 points and 4.6 rebounds while Anthony Johnson is averaging 10.8 points and one assist. Darrell Bowie is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Threloff is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Northern Illinois Huskies have five players averaging at least 8.1 points, and they’re shooting 68.3 percent from the line and 32.1 percent from deep. Defensively, NIU is allowing 33.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 67 or less points in four of its last eight games.

Akron vs. Northern Illinois - 3/9/15 MAC Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Akron Zips look for a win after losing six of their last seven. On the season, Akron is averaging 68.1 points on 41.2 percent shooting and is allowing 64.5 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Deji Ibitayo is averaging 9.8 points and 3.1 rebounds while Kwan Cheatham Jr. is averaging 7.9 points and 1.6 assists. Reggie McAdams is grabbing 1.9 rebounds and Antino Jackson is shooting 36.4 percent from the field. The Akron Zips have four players averaging at least 5.8 points, and they’re shooting 65.2 percent from the line and 35.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Akron is allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in three of its last five games.

The Huskies are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 21-6-4 ATS in their last 31 vs. Mid-American. The Zips are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Monday games. The Huskies are 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

Not sure how a banged up Akron team is the favorite here with the way its been playing and the fact the Huskies won their previous meeting this season. Take the points. 

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Northern Illinois Huskies +6

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