Central Michigan vs. Akron - 2/14/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Akron Zips (18-6) at Central Michigan Chippewas (13-10)
College Basketball: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm (McGuirk Arena)
The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas +5 -- Over/Under: 155
The Akron Zips and Central Michigan Chippewas meet Friday in college basketball action at the McGuirk Arena.
The Akron Zips look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Akron Zips are averaging 76 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 65.4 points on 40 percent shooting. Loren Cristian Jackson is averaging 18.9 points and 2.8 rebounds while Tyler Cheese is averaging 16 points and 3.3 assists. Xeyrius Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Channel Banks is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Akron Zips are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Akron Zips are allowing 30.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The Akron Zips have won five of their last six road games.
The Central Michigan Chippewas need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Central Michigan Chippewas are averaging 81.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 75.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting. David DiLeo is averaging 14.9 points and 4.7 rebounds while Kevin McKay is averaging 14.8 points and 6.7 rebounds. Dallas Morgan is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Montgomery is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Central Michigan Chippewas are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Central Michigan Chippewas are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The Central Michigan Chippewas have won 11 of their last 13 home games.
The favorite is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Akron Zips have been the better team this season and have had no trouble winning on the road where they're also 7-1 ATS. However, the Central Michigan Chippewas have won 11 of their 13 home games, have covered six of those 10 games and win at home by an average of 18.2 points while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 39 percent from three. Akron should be favored, but we're getting a couple of buckets with a team that's very good at home. I'll take it.