Akron at Kent State - 3/12/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Akron at Kent State - 3/12/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Jeff Lange / USA TODAY NETWORK

Kent State Golden Flashes (23-9) vs Akron Zips (23-9)

Game Info: Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Kent State Golden Flashes -2.5 -- Over/Under: 124.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Akron Zips will play the Kent State Golden Flashes in the Finals of the MAC Tournament on Saturday.

The Akron Zips are 23-9 (14-6) this season and have won seven games in a row. Akron is coming off of a win against Toledo by a score of 70-62. Akron shot 47.2% from the field and made 8 three pointers in the win. Xavier Castaneda led the Zips with 26 points and 4 rebounds in the game. Akron is averaging 71.1 points per game and is giving up 63.1 points per game against, while also averaging 35.3 rebounds per game and 11.9 assists per game. Ali Ali is averaging 14.2 points per game and 2.6 assists per game, while Xavier Castaneda is averaging 13 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Zips. Akron is shooting 46% on field goals, 68.3% on free throws, and 35.3% on three pointers.

The Kent State Golden Flashes are 23-9 (16-4) this season and have won 14 games in a row. Kent State defeated Ohio by a score of 67-61 in their last game. Kent State shot 45.6% from the field and was +13 in rebounding margin in the win. Malique Jacobs led the Golden Flashes with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Kent State is averaging 71.7 points per game and is giving up 64.5 points per game against, while also averaging 36.1 rebounds per game and 12.5 assists per game. Sincere Carry is averaging 18.6 points per game and 4.9 assists per game, while Malique Jacobs is averaging 12.3 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game for the Golden Flashes. Kent State is shooting 44% on field goals, 74.8% on free throws, and 32.7% on three pointers.

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Akron is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. The under is 4-0 in Akron’s last 4 games. Kent State is 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The under is 7-3 in Kent State’s last 10 games.

Kent State defeated Akron twice in the regular season by scores of 67-55 and 66-64. Kent State has played very good basketball over the last few months and will be looking to book their trip to the NCAA Tournament. Akron defeated the #1 seed in the MAC in their last game and will have confidence coming into this one. This should be a back and forth game, but I am taking Kent State to continue their solid play.

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David’s Pick Kent State -2.5

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