Northern Illinois Huskies (11-8) vs Akron Zips (11-8)Date : 01/26/2019
Time : 5:00 pm EST
Location : James Rhodes Arena, Akron, Ohio
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Northern Illinois Huskies vs Akron Zips
The Northern Illinois Huskies will travel to James Rhodes Arena in Akron, Ohio, to face the Akron Zips in a MAC showdown on Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Akron has won two of their last three games, overall, as they were able to pick up a home win versus the Chippewas of Central Michigan in their last time out as the Zips were able to take a nine-point lead at the half while holding on throughout the second half in which to hang on for a slim, three-point victory. Both teams shot horrible from the floor, yet the Zips were able to slightly out-rebound Central Michigan in this contest while shooting much better from the free throw line en route to the victory.
On the other hand, the Northern Illinois Huskies are in first place within the MAC West Division as they were able to halt a two-game losing streak in their last outing versus the top-seeded team in the MAC East Division in the Buffalo Bills. Northern Illinois controlled the pace of this game throughout and despite a rally by the Bulls late in the game, the Huskies were able to pull out a hard-fought, conference victory.
Northern Illinois Huskies's Latest Performance :
Thanks to a last-second layup by Northern Illinois, they were able to outlast a solid Buffalo Bulls team in their last outing as the Huskies seemed to control the pace of this game throughout, as stated. In addition, they slightly outrebound Buffalo and despite committing 18 turnovers, Northern Illinois also forced 15 turnovers of their own throughout the duration of the contest. Finally, Buffalo was able to connect to a nine 3-pointers while shooting a dismal 36% from the floor on the night while Northern Illinois was red-hot from the perimeter in shooting 51% from the floor.
Dante Thorpe along with Eugene German had 23 and 20 points for Northern Illinois in the win as German pulled down 10 and while the Huskies were able to Halt a rough patch and play in their last outing versus the Buffalo Bulls, they are losers of three of their last five games on the road, with their last defeat coming at the hands of Kent State by 10 points. On the other hand, Akron has been red-hot on their home court lately as they are winners of five straight games at James Rhodes Arena and will certainly be looking to continue their streak on Saturday afternoon.
Akron Zips's Latest Performance :
Despite thirteen turnovers on the night, the Akron Zips were able to pull out a slim victory over the Chippewas of Central Michigan thanks to their ability to make good on 19 of 23 3-point attempts on the night. For the contest, both teams were horrible from the field at under 40%, however, Tyler Cheese led the way for Akron as he posted 20 points on the night while Loren Christian Jackson also powered and 11 points on the night as he went 9-12 from the free throw line in the victory for the Zips.
On the other hand, Larry Austin Jr led Central Michigan in the scoring department with 19 points while also pulling down seven boards in defeat to an Akron Zips team that currently sits in the fourth place slot within the MAC East Division. They will now turn their focus to a Northern Illinois team that find themselves atop the MAC West Division, despite recently halting a two-game losing streak.
How Northern Illinois Huskies & Akron Zips Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Northern Illinois is 11 – 6 ATS while the OU is 9 – 8
Akron is 7 – 10 ATS while the OU is 9-12
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting MAC contest as both Northern Illinois along with Akron will be looking to pick up a much-needed conference victory. The defenses have been middle of the road for both teams in 2018-19 while their offenses are certainly putting up enough points in which to pick up victories, however, they have each had their fair share of issues as it relates to consistency throughout the season. Nonetheless, one can expect both offenses to get up and down the floor in this contest as they will be looking to kick-start their dismal offenses in what would be a very exciting and possibly low-scoring affair.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Northern Illinois Huskies
My reason for the pick :
I will back Northern Illinois in this contest as they really need to pick up some wins moving forward in which to hang on to their top seed within the Mac East Division. Also, the Huskies pulled out a huge victory over Akron on January 12th and I expect them to have yet another solid performance in this contest on Saturday versus an Akron team that has won two of the last three games, yet, has not been able to maintain any type of consistency on the other side of the ball all year.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in four of the last six games for the Akron Zips while also being the result in the last four games, overall, for the Northern Illinois Huskies. Expect these trends to continue in this contest as both offenses have had trouble with consistency all season, as pointed out. Expect this to continue in this contest as well as both defenses will take center stage in what will be a low-scoring affair yet highly competitive, nonetheless.
Betting trends for Northern Illinois Huskies:
- The Huskies are 4-2 against the spread in last 6 games
- The under is 6-1 in Huskies last seven games
Betting trends for Akron Zips:
- The Zips are 0-6 against the spread in last 6 games
- The under is 5-1 in Zips last six games