Northern Illinois vs Akron Prediction - College Basketball Picks 3/2/24

Akron (20-8) vs Northern Illinois (10-18)

Game Info: Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 6:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)

Betting Odds: Akron -16 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northern Illinois and Akron Zips face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at James A Rhodes Arena. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Northern Illinois vs Akron prediction.

Northern Illinois Looks to Build on Last Game

Northern Illinois have had their issues this season but they are coming off a victory. Northern Illinois faced off against the Toledo Rockets and the offense scored 75 points on the way to the three point victory. Northern Illinois is averaging 73.4 points while their defense is giving up 77.9 points per game. The defense is ranked 322nd and when they have struggled it’s usually because the defense has struggled. David Coit is averaging 19.9 points while shooting 41.4 percent from the field. 

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Can Akron Bounce Back?

Akron sits with a 20-8 record overall but they are coming off a loss in the last game. Akron faced off against Ohio and the offense only scored 67 points while the defense gave up 74 points. Akron is averaging 74.7 points while their defense is giving up 65.3 points per game. The offense is ranked 151st while the defense is ranked 23rd. Enrique Freeman is averaging 18.1 points while shooting 58.4 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from behind the three point line. Freeman is going to need to have a big game here. 

Northern Illinois vs Akron Betting Prediction 

Northern Illinois looked good in the last game and they are going to continue the success here. Akron is averaging 74.7 points but Northern Illinois is also averaging 73.4 points per game. The Northern Illinois offense is going to have no issue running up the score, and Akron isn’t going to pull away here. Northern Illinois will go over 70 points, and they are going to get the job done. Back Northern Illinois against the spread. 

Shane’s Pick Northern Illinois +16

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