Akron vs. Kent State - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Kent State (19-11) at Akron (23-7)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 6:30 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)
The Line: Akron -5.5 -- Over/Under: 145 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Kent State Golden Flashes (19-11, CONF 9-8) and Akron Zips (23-7, CONF 13-4) face off in a MAC showdown. Kent State beat Akron 68-67 earlier this season.
Kent State has been up and down this season and over the last ten games they have won five of the games. During that ten-game stretch Kent State has only covered the spread in four of the games. Away from home this season Kent State has won five of their 11 games.
The offense is still fine away from home for the Golden Flashes, but the defense has let them down giving up 71.9 points per game.
Kent State is led by guard Antonio Williams who is averaging 14.7 points per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the field.
Akron has had success this season, and coming into this game they have won seven of their last eight games. Even though they have won games, during that eight-game stretch, Akron only covered three spreads.
At home this season, Akron has a 14-2 record and the defense has been strong giving up only 63.5 points per game. Over the last five games overall, the defense hasn’t been as good giving up 70 points per game, but the offense has also been good, averaging 73 points per game.
Akron is led by guard Loren Cristian Jackson who is averaging 20 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the field. In two of the last three games, Jackson has scored 35 points, and if he is strong in this game, the Zips are going to be in good shape.
Kent State is 3-8-1 against the spread in their last 12 games played on the road. The under is 18-7-1 in Kent State’s last 26 games played on Friday.
The under is 71-33-1 in Akron’s last 195 home games. The under is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings between Akron and Kent State in Akron. The under is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings between Akron and Kent State.
Akron’s defense is strong at home and that will continue in this game. Look for the pace to also be slower in this game and that will lead to the under cashing.