Akron vs. Miami-Ohio - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron vs. Miami-Ohio - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Miami-Ohio RedHawks (10-15) at Akron Zips (20-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)

The Line: Akron Zips -14.5 -- Over/Under: 143 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Miami-Ohio RedHawks (10-15, 3-9 CONF) and the Akron Zips (20-6, 10-3 CONF) will meet on Saturday, February 22nd for a MAC matchup at the James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, OH. The game will be played at 4:00 PM eastern time. 

Miami-Ohio is coming off a 65-60 win over NIU in their last game. That win snapped a four-game losing streak for Miami-Ohio, who has struggled this season, especially in MAC play. Akron is coming off a 71-67 road win over Western Michigan in their last game. Akron has now won four straight games and is currently seven games above .500 in conference play. 

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Miami-Ohio scores 71.2 points per game on 42.6% FG shooting this season. The RedHawks’ leading scorer is G Nike Sibande, who scores 13.3 PPG. The RedHawks’ leading rebounder is F Dalonte Brown, who averages 5.7 RPG. Miami-Ohio allows 71.8 points per game, therefore they have a -.6 scoring differential so far this season. Miami-Ohio also earns 35.0 rebounds, 12.5 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 5.3 steals per game as a team. 

Akron scores 76.3 points per game on 44.5% FG shooting this season. The Zips’ leading scorer is G Loren Christian-Jackson, who scores 19.3 PPG. The Zips’ leading rebounder is F Xeyrius Williams, who averages 9.3 RPG. Akron gives up 64.9 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +11.4 point differential so far this season. Akron also earns 38.0 rebounds, 13.4 assists, 3.0 blocks, and 5.1 steals per game as a team. 

Miami-Ohio is 8-15 ATS this season and 4-6 ATS in their last ten games. Miami-Ohio is also 3-6 ATS on the road so far this season. Akron is 14-10 ATS this season and 5-5 ATS in their last ten games. Akron is also 6-6 ATS at home so far this season.

Akron is by far the better team in this matchup, but I just do not think I can lay 14.5 points with them, even at home. I think the best bet in this one is the under 143 points. Miami-Ohio has played a lot more defensive-minded as of late, and I do not trust them to score that many points on the road either. 

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