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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


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


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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