Northern Illinois vs Akron Odds and Picks

Akron's Loren Cristian Jackson is defended by West Virginia's Chase Harler during an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

Akron senior guard Loren Cristian Jackson was the MAC Player of the Year last season and is making a strong case to repeat.

In addition to averaging 8.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots, sophomore forward Enrique Freeman is one of the best stories in the MAC.

A year after sharing the MAC West title with Ball State – the conference eliminated divisions in this pandemic-affected season — Northern Illinois has fallen on hard times.

COVID-19 issues sidelined the Huskies for almost four weeks before they returned to action Saturday and lost at Kent State 80-58 as 15-point underdogs.

Akron will be looking for revenge in this one as Northern Illinois notched its lone MAC win this season over the Zips 67-65 on Jan. 12 at home as an 8.5-point underdog.

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