Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Huskies versus the Zips? Tip off is at at 6:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, OH. This Mid-American conference matchup has an over/under of 139.5 points, and Akron is favored to win by -15.5 at home vs. Northern Illinois.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES VS AKRON ZIPS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Northern Illinois Huskies +15.5

This game will be played at James A. Rhodes Arena at 6:00 ET on Saturday, March 2nd.

WHY BET THE NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Zips.
  • Even though we have Akron winning straight-up, we like Northern Illinois at +15.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can the Northern Illinois Offense Score Enough on the Road?

Despite being the underdog, Northern Illinois has been the underdog in 21 of their 28 games this season. They have a 5-16 record as the underdog, including a 2-8 record on the road. Their road average scoring margin is -9.6, and they are coming off a 75-72 win over Toledo.

On the road this season, the Huskies are 4-10 compared to their 4-8 record at home. They are currently on a two-game losing streak at home, and their average scoring margin at home is -7.3. For the season, Northern Illinois is 10-18, including a 4-11 record in Mid-American Conference play.

As the underdog this season, Northern Illinois has gone just 6-15 against the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-9, and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are just 2-8 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS record for the year is 8-18.

Today’s over/under line of 139.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Northern Illinois’ games this season (151.5). Over their last three games, their games have averaged 139 points compared to their season average of 151.3 points per game.

The Northern Illinois offense is coming off a game in which they scored 75 points vs. Toledo. Overall their field goal percentage was 50.9% while connecting on 10 threes. David Coit is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 19.9 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Xavier Amos brings a PPG average of 13.8 into the game.

At this time, the Huskies’ defense is positioned 298th in the country, permitting 77.9 points per game. Northern Illinois’ defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Toledo offense to knock down 49% of their shots on their way to putting up 72 points.

Will Akron Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?

At home this season, Akron has gone 10-1, and they have won their last nine games at home. Over their last 10 games at home, the Zips have gone a perfect 10-0.

So far this season, Akron has been favored in 17 games, going 16-1 in those games. Their average scoring margin at home this season is +11.6 points per game.

As the favorite this season, Akron has gone 10-7 against the spread. The Zips have an overall ATS record of 14-12, including an 8-3 mark at home. In their last 10 games as the favorite, Akron is 6-4 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Akron games is 9-17, and today’s over/under line of 139.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (141.7). So far, 14 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 143 points.

In contrast to their season average of 74.7 points per game, the Akron had a below average performance. They scored 67 points against Ohio and had a field goal percentage of 47.3%. The Akron offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 24.7 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 33% of their looks from outside this season.

At present, the Zips’ defense is nationally ranked 26th, allowing 65.3 points per game. Akron’s three-point defense is currently 54th in the country at 6.0 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.1% of their shots vs. Akron.