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Akron vs. Northern Illinois - Preview

By mrasor Published: February 10, 2012

Men's basketball

Get out the brooms, Akron has a chance to sweep the MAC West for the third time in program history.

And they saved the worst for last.

Akron and Northern Illinois tipoff at 7:30 Saturday at Rhodes Arena. The Huskies are 3-19 and 2-8 in the MAC.

Only five teams in the nation score fewer than the 55.3 points per game that NIU puts up. Not surprisingly, Eastern Michigan is one of those five.

While the EMU Eagles make up for their poor offense with a staunch defense, the Huskies give up the second-most points in the MAC as well.

NIU has won two MAC games this season, at home to Central Michigan and Miami. Their only other win this year was against Roosevelt University, an NAIA school that didn't even have an athletic department as of 2010.

The average result this season for NIU has been a 13.4 point loss. The Huskies are at the bottom of the conference in nearly every statistic, except offensive rebounding. Only four teams in the nation have a worse assist-turnover ratio than NIU.

But there is always that sliver of hope that NIU fans hold. After all, NIU has beat the Zips in three out of the last four games. The Huskies are one of only two MAC teams to have a winning record against Keith Dambrot, with Kent State being the other.

I think the Zips will clobber them, and any thought about the last four matchups is superstition at best. I'd put the line at Akron minus 21.

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