Ohio at Akron - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Ohio  at Akron  - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio Bobcats (17-15) at Akron Zips (24-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse)

The Line: Akron Zips -3.5 -- Over/Under: 143

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The Ohio Bobcats matchup with the Akron Zips in the MAC Tournament.  The Bobcats are (17-15), coming off a 85-65 win over Central Michigan.  The Zips are (24-7), after sneaking past Kent State, 79-76.  

In the Bobcats win over Central Michigan, Ohio was guided throughout the game by Ben Vander Plas.  Plas secured a double-double, totaling 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.  Ohio connected on 57 percent from the floor and 48 percent from 3-point distance.  The Bobcats out rebounded Central Michigan, 42 to 28.  Ohio was able to win easily, thanks to their 3-point defense.  The Bobcats held Central Michigan to just 12 percent from 3-point distance on 25 attempts.  Ohio led 45 to 23 at the half.

Jason Preston has guided the bobcats on the year, averaging 16.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 7.4 assists.  Plas is recording 15.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.8 assist per contest.  Ohio is collecting 71.4 points per contest, while registering 34.8 percent from distance for the year.

In the Zips win over Kent State, Akron was led offensively by Xeyrius Williams.  Williams secured a double-double, finishing with 22 points and 12 rebounds.  Akron converted on  44 percent from the floor, while shooting 31 percent from 3-point distance.  The Zips won the game, due to their dominance at the charity stripe.  Akron out scored Kent State from the foul line, 25 to 12.  Akron held Kent State to 38 percent from the floor. 

Loren Christian Jackson is registering 19.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game for the Zips.  Tyler Cheese is registering 15.7 points and 3.4 assists per game.  Akron is averaging 76 points of offense, while converting on 44 percent from the floor for the year. 

Recent Betting Trends:

Ohio is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games.

Ohio is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.

The under is 9-3 in Ohio's last 12 games.

Akron is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games.

Akron is 8-1 SU in their last 9 games.

The under is 9-2 in Akron's last 11 games.

Ohio is currently 2 games above the .500 mark, thanks to ending the season with wins in four of their last five games.  However, that loan loss was to Akron.  The Zips have won 8 of their last 9 games.  The Zips have won 7 of the last 10 matchups in this series.  Akron has a top 50 offensive 3-point shooting team, while the Bobcats rank 165th in 3-point defense.  The Zips are a top 50 defense in field goal percent and 3-point defense.  Even though Ohio has picked up the slack here recently, I'm siding with Akron in this elimination game.  Final score prediction, Akron will win and cover against the spread, 72-67.    

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