Ball State at Akron: 1/11/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Ball State at Akron: 1/11/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Akron Zips (8-4) vs Ball State Cardinals (7-7)

Game Info: Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 7:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)

Betting Odds: Akron Zips -8.5 -- Over/Under: 143 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Ball State Cardinals and Akron Zips face off on Tuesday in a MAC college basketball showdown at James A. Rhodes Arena. When these two teams faced off in February of 2021 it was Akron that won 88-79. 

Ball State comes into this game with a 7-7 record overall and they have gone 6-7 against the spread. In the last game against Eastern Michigan they went on the road and scored 78 points on the way to the victory. Ball State is averaging 74.4 points while their defense is giving up 76.8 points per game. Guard Luke Bumbalough has been the top player for Ball State averaging 12.9 points while shooting 40.7 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from behind the three point line. In this game, Ball State needs the defense to be good or it will be a long game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Akron Zips who sit with an 8-4 record and they have gone 6-4 against the spread. The last game for Akron came against Ohio and the offense only managed 63 points, and that led to the six point defeat. Akron is averaging 73.4 points while their defense is giving up 61.5 points per game. Ali Ali has been the top player for Arkon averaging 15.1 points while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 45.2 percent from behind the three point line. In this game, Akron is going to need the offense to be better

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The over is 5-0 in the Zips last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The over is 5-0 in the Zips last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The over is 7-0 in the Cardinals last 7 games as an underdog of 7.0-12.5.

Akron didn’t look great in the last game, and they are going to play down to Ball State in this game. The Cardinals defense is going to step up enough to keep it within five points, which will cover the spread. Back Ball State to come away with their seventh cover of the season.

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Shane’s Pick Ball State +8.5

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