Northern Illinois vs Akron: Preview & Picks 01/03/2023

Northern Illinois vs Akron: Preview & Picks 01/03/2023

January 3, 2023



Game Preview

On Tuesday, a MAC battle between the Akron Zips and the Northern Illinois Huskies will take place at James A. Rhodes Arena. The Huskies, who are 2-6 on the road, recently upset Indiana State. The Zips, 7-0 at home, defeated Concord in their most recent contest.
Both teams will be playing their MAC debuts here. Last year, Northern Illinois won the second matchup by a margin of three points after Akron won the first game 70-64. The Zips have an overall lead of 29-14 in the rivalry.
With their recent victory over the Sycamores, the Huskies ended a four-game losing streak just in time for conference play to begin. In non-conference play, NIU did push itself by competing against teams like Northwestern, Georgia Tech, and Gonzaga. The Mid-American Conference preseason poll had Northern Illinois as the conference’s bottom-place team.
The Huskies are scoring 69.2 PGG on 44.1% shooting, including 32.1% from long range on average this season. Their offensive efficiency rating is rated 303rd in D-1 after scheduling adjustments. Keshawn Williams, a junior guard, leads the squad in scoring with 19.5 PPG. In the previous game against ISU, he made 13 of 20 shots for 32 points.
Meanwhile, Akron has scored a win in five of its previous six, including one over Concord recently. The Zips had a 45.8% field goal percentage and a 29-point advantage. Similar to Northern Illinois, Akron pushed themselves in non-conference play by playing Bradley, LSU, and Mississippi State. The Zips garnered a few first-place votes and were selected third in the MAC basketball preseason poll.
Akron is averaging 69.4 PPG on 41.7% shooting from the field this season. The Zips’ free-throw percentage is 67.1%, and they shoot 34.2% from beyond the arc. They are currently ranked at 152th when it comes to adjusted offensive efficiency rating. With 19.5 points, senior guard Xavier Castaneda leads the Zips in scoring.
Let’s check the latest NCAAB picks, news, stats and NCAAB expert picks for Northern Illinois vs Akron. We’ve plenty of NCAAB predictions for you to consider.


Northern Illinois Huskies vs Akron Zips Game Information

  • Date: 01/03/2023
  • Time: 07:00 PM ET
  • Location: James A. Rhodes Arena, Akron, OH.
  • How to Watch Northern Illinois vs Akron: ESPN+
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Northern Illinois vs Akron Betting Lines

Northern Illinois is +840 according to our Vegas NCAAB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $840.On the other side, Akron is -1340 according to the Vegas NCAAB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $7.

The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Northern Illinois at a 10.64% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Akron has 93.06% probability of finishing the game with the W.


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