Akron Zips (4-2) at Northern Illinois Huskies (1-9)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Convocation Center)
The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies +8.5 -- Over/Under: 133 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Akron Zips and Northern Illinois Huskies meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the NIU Convocation Center.
The Akron Zips look for a win after winning three of their last four games. The Akron Zips are averaging 79.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 69.3 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Loren Cristian Jackson is averaging 22.8 points and two rebounds while Enrique Freeman is averaging 9.5 points and 0.5 assists. Maishe Dailey is dishing 1.2 assists and Bryan Trimble Jr. is grabbing 1.5 rebounds. The Akron Zips are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Akron Zips are allowing 24.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game.
The Northern Illinois Huskies need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Northern Illinois Huskies are averaging 58.8 points on 39.7 percent shooting and allowing 75.8 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Tyler Cochran is averaging 13.8 points and 7.4 rebounds while Trendon Hankerson is averaging 12.1 points and 4.6 rebounds. Darius Beane is the third double-digit scorer and Kaleb Thornton is dishing 2.4 assists. The Northern Illinois Huskies are shooting 26.3 percent from beyond the arc and 60.9 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Illinois Huskies are allowing 39 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game.
The Zips are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Huskies are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The under is 11-4 in Zips last 15 overall. The under is 4-1 in Huskies last 5 overall. The home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Neither of these teams have had much success against the number this season, but it's fair to say the Akron Zips are the better team here on both sides of the floor. The Northern Illinois Huskies can't score with any consistency and their defensive effort seems to get worse each week. Northern Illinois is not a team I can back with any confidence. There's better betting options on this CBB Tuesday, but it's Akron and the chalk or pass for me.