Akron vs Northern Illinois Predictions, Picks, Tips, 1/14/2020
Game: Akron Zips vs Northern Illinois Huskies
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Location: NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Northern Illinois +2.5
The Akron Zips travel to NIU Convocation Center to play the Northern Illinois Huskies on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has Akron as 2.5 point favorites.
Akron comes into this game with an overall record of 13-3. They currently have a point differential of 12.9 as they are averaging 76.2 points per game while giving up 63.3 per contest. Northern Illinois has an overall mark of 9-7. They are averaging 68.9 points per contest and giving up 64.6, which is a point differential of 4.3.
Valuable Akron Zips Betting Trends
The Akron Zips are 9-5-0 against the spread
The Akron Zips are 7-7-0 against the over/under
Important Northern Illinois Huskies Betting Trends
The Northern Illinois Huskies are 6-9-0 against the spread
The Northern Illinois Huskies are 5-9-1 against the over/under
Key Akron Zips Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Northern Illinois Huskies Injuries
No key injuries to report
Loren Jackson comes into this contest averaging 16.6 points per game while playing 32.9 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 3.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 87%. Tyler Cheese averages 15.1 points per game in 28.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.9 assists per contest and 4.2 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Eugene German averages 20.4 points per game while playing 32.8 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3.9 rebounds per game and has 2.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 71%. Lacey James averages 9.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 26.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.9 rebounds per contest and 0.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 69%.
Useful Team Statistics
Akron averages 76.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 78th in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin is 12.9 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 165th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 36th in the nation. They average 38.8 rebounds per game and 14.3 assists per game, which ranks them 63rd and 109th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 128th with 14.1 per game. The Zips allow 63.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 58th in the country. They also allow a 39% shooting percentage and a 27% average from behind the arc, ranking them 40th and 12th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 35.8 rebounds a game which ranks 205th and they give up 8.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 6th place in Division 1. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 200th in D-1.
Useful Team Statistics
Northern Illinois is 246th in the country with 68.9 points per game this year. They are 269th in Division 1 in shooting at 42%, while their average scoring margin is 4.3. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 98th in the nation. They are 54th in the NCAA in rebounding with 39.3 boards per game, and 319th in assists per contest with 10.9. The Huskies are 232nd in turnovers per game with 13.0. The Huskies surrender 64.6 points per contest, which ranks them 77th in D-1. Their defense allows a 40% shooting percentage and a 29% average from 3-point range, ranking them 62nd and 33rd in those defensive statistics. They rank 141st with 12.1 assists allowed per contest and 140th with 34.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Huskies are 43rd in country in forcing turnovers with 12.0 per game.
The Zips are 90th in the nation in offensive rating with 106.3. In terms of pace they are 100th in the country with 71.7 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 93rd. As a team they are 55th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 44% of their shots, ranking 43rd in Division 1. Akron is 136th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17.3 times per 100 possessions.
Northern Illinois is 213th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.3 times per 100 possessions. The Huskies have an offensive rating of 100.5, which is ranked 200th. They are 255th in D-1 in pace with 68.6 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 234th. As a unit they are 266th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shot attempts, ranking 156th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Akron/Northern Illinois college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Northern Illinois +2.5
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