Akron at Ohio: 2/23/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Ohio Bobcats (11-6) vs Akron Zips (14-4)
Game Info: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Convocation Center)
Betting Odds: Ohio Bobcats -2 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Akron Zips will travel to the Convocation Center (OH) to take on the Ohio Bobcats this Tuesday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Akron Zips won their 4th straight game and improved to 14-4 on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals, 88-79, this past Friday. Akron trailed by a 36-30 margin at halftime, however, the Zips were incredible offensively in the 2nd half and was able to pull away after taking a 76-66 lead with 4:34 left in regulation. Akron shot 51.7% from the field and 45.0% from beyond the arc while Ball State shot 47.7% from the field and 38.1% from beyond the arc. Akron was outrebounded by Ball State by a 33-32 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 17-12 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Zips was Ali Ali who had 20 points & 4 rebounds.
On the season, Akron is averaging 79.3 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field The Zips are averaging 10.1 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Akron has been led by Loren Cristian Jackson (20.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 6.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Bryan Trimble Jr. (13.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg), Ali Ali (8.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.5 apg), Enrique Freeman (8.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.7 bpg).
Defensively, Akron is allowing their opponents to average 69.9 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Zips have a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
The Ohio Bobcats have had their last 4 games postponed/cancelled due to Covid-19 protocols and come into this game with an overall record of 11-6 after defeating the Central Michigan Chippewas, 83-69, on February 2nd. Ohio dominated Central Michigan on both ends of the court and had no trouble pulling away in the 2nd half after taking a 66-48 lead with 6:46 left in regulation. Ohio shot 56.7% from the field and 24.0% from beyond the arc while Central Michigan shot 38.3% from the field and 34.6% from beyond the arc. Ohio outrebounded Central Michigan by a 38-26 margin and forced 16 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Jason Preston who had 17 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Ohio is averaging 80.1 ppg on 48.7% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from the field. Offensively, Ohio has been led by Jason Preston (16.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 7.4 apg, 1.3 spg), Dwight Wilson III (15.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg), Ben Vander Plas (12.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg), & Lunden McDay (10.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.3 apg).
Defensively, Ohio is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of 3.0.
The Zips are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Bobcats are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
Akron comes into this game winning 10 of their last 11 games and had no trouble taking care of business against Ohio earlier this season in a 90-70 home win in late December. Ohio is a solid team that is led by an offense that ranks 30th in scoring offense, however, the Bobcats have struggled a bit defensively as the Bobcats currently rank just 249th in scoring defense & 242nd in defensive FG%. Ohio is a tough team to play on the road, however, between the fact that the Bobcats have not played in three weeks and that Akron has arguably the best player in the MAC in Loren Cristian Jackson, I think the play here is to take Akron and the points. Good Luck!