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Akron vs Northern Illinois 1/3/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Northern Illinois Huskies (4-9) vs. Akron Zips (8-5)
January 3, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Akron Zips -13.5 / Northern Illinois Huskies +13.5; Over/Under: +135.5
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The Northern Illinois Huskies and Akron Zips meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the James A. Rhodes Arena. The Northern Illinois Huskies look for their fifth win. The Akron Zips look for their ninth win.

The Northern Illinois Huskies are averaging 69.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 76.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Keshawn Williams is averaging 19.5 points and 5 rebounds, while David Coit is averaging 14.2 points and 3 rebounds. Zarique Nutter is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Anthony Crump is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Northern Illinois Huskies are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Illinois Huskies are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.6 rebounds per game.

The Akron Zips are averaging 69.4 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 62.6 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Xavier Castaneda is averaging 19.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while Enrique Freeman is averaging 12.7 points and 2.3 assists. Trenton Hankerson is dishing 1.8 assists and Tavari Johnson is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Akron Zips are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The Akron Zips are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.2 rebounds per game.

The Huskies are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road games and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Zips are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Huskies last 8 overall. The under is 12-5 in Zips last 17 overall. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The Northern Illinois Huskies have been getting beat up all season, and they’re getting worse, which includes losing their last 5 games by an average of 16 points. The Akron Zips are playing their best ball right now, and they’re at home, where they win by an average of 19.6 points. Northern Illinois has covered numbers, but the way it’s playing right now doesn’t bode well moving forward. I’ll lay the chalk with the Zips.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Akron Zips -13.5

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