Northern Illinois at Akron: 2/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Northern Illinois at Akron: 2/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Jeff Lange / USA TODAY NETWORK

Akron Zips (16-8) vs Northern Illinois Huskies (7-16)

Game Info: Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 7:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)

Betting Odds: Akron Zips +11.5 -- Over/Under: 125 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northern Illinois Huskies and Akron Zips face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at the James A. Rhodes Arena. When these two teams faced off on February 8th it was Akron that won 70-64. 

Akron was led by Enrique Freeman who finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Keshawn Williams also found success for Northern Illinois scoring 19 points and adding two rebounds. 

Northern Illinois comes into this game with a 7-16 record overall and they have gone 12-11 against the spread. Even though the Huskies have really struggled this year they are coming off a big win against Ball State in the last game. The defense was strong giving up only 58 points and that led to the six point victory. The Huskies are averaging 63.9 points while their defense is giving up 72.3 points per game. Keshawn Williams has been the top player for Northern Illinois averaging 16.4 points while shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from behind the three point line. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Akron Zips who sit with a 16-8 record overall and they have gone 10-12 against the spread. The Zips have had a solid season, but they are coming off back to back losses. In the last game against Western Michigan, the offense scored only 57 points and that led to the four point defeat. The Zips are averaging 70.6 points while their defense is giving up 62.8 points per game. Enrique Freeman has been the top player for Akron averaging 13.3 points while shooting 65.1 percent from the field.

Akron is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games played on Thursday. The under is 3-0-1 in the Huskies last four games played on Thursday. The under is 8-2 in Akron’s last 10 games played on Thursday. The over is 4-1 in Akron’s last five games against a team with a losing straight-up record. 

Akron’s offense looked bad in the last game and it’s going to be an issue again in this game against Northern Illinois. Look for Akron to finish right around 65 points, and that will be enough for Northern Illinois to keep it close. Back Northern Illinois against the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Northern Illinois -11.5

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