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Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Akron Zips - 2/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron Zips (20-4) at Northern Illinois Huskies (16-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm (NIU Convocation Center)

The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Northern Illinois Huskies look to cool down the surging Akron Zips in MAC action.

The Akron Zips have been one of the top teams in the MAC for a number of years and at 20-4 this season is no different. The surging Zips have won seven in a row following an 83-68 victory at Bowling Green Tuesday as a four point favorite. Akron took a nine point lead in to the locker room and never let up despite both teams sinking shots in the 48%-49% range. The difference was the Zips 16-32 performance from beyond the arc. Akron received 20 points from Antino Jackson on 7-13 with Isaiah Johnson and Reggie McAdams scoring 15 points apiece. Pat Forsythe and Noah Robotham combined for 19 points in a balanced attack that saw eight players score.

Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Akron Zips - 2/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Illinois Huskies were one of the best teams in the MAC West a few short weeks ago but now they need a change in momentum. The Huskies have dropped five straight to fall to 4th in the division.  NIU is coming off of a 75-74 defeat at Kent State as a four point underdog where both teams made shots at 45%. The Golden Flashes posted a few more field goals and the Huskies totaled small advantages in threes and at the foul line. Jaylen Key led all scorers with 22 points and five yanks on 7-14 with Marin Maric adding 14 points and ten rebounds. Travon Baker followed with 12 points and seven helpers while Marshawn Wilson chipped in with nine points.

Akron are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games and  are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games. Northern Illinois are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games and the over is 16-5 in their last 21 vs. Mid-American while going  17-8 in their last 25 home games. The over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings and the home team is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The home team has dominated this match up but I’m really waiting for the total…

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Northern Illinois +4

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