Kent State vs Akron Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/10/23

Akron Zips (22-10) vs Kent State Golden Flashes (26-6)

Game Info: Friday, March 10, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Akron Zips +2 -- Over/Under: 134.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kent State Golden Flashes will play the Akron Zips in the Semifinals of the MAC Tournament on Friday night at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kent State Preview

The Kent State Golden Flashes are 26-6 (15-3) this season after they defeated NIU by a score of 76-57 in their last game. Kent State only allowed 18 points in the first half and they were able to score 45 points in the second half for the easy win. Kent State shot 46.8% from the field and was +14 in rebounding margin in the game. The Golden Flashes only shot 60% on free throws and forced 17 turnovers in the win. The Kent State Golden Flashes are averaging 76 points per game, 65.4 points against per game, 35.1 rebounds per game, and 12.5 assists per game. Sincere Carry has led the Golden Flashes this season with 17.4 points per game, 4.9 assists per game, and 3.7 rebounds per game. Kent State is shooting 45.3% from the field, 72.9% on free throws, and 33.7% on three pointers this year. 

Akron Preview

The Akron Zips are 22-10 (13-5) this season after they defeated Buffalo by a score of 101-77 in their last game. Akron scored 45 points in the first half and 56 points in the second half for the blowout win. Akron shot 59% from the field and made 13 three pointers in the game. The Zips recorded 36 rebounds and made 84.2% of their free throws in the win. The Akron Zips are averaging 73.8 points per game, 66.2 points against per game, 35.5 rebounds per game, and 13.4 assists per game. Xavier Castaneda has led the Zips this season with 21.4 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, and 2.9 assists per game. Akron is shooting 43.9% from the field, 73.1% on free throws, and 35.1% on three pointers this year.

Pick

Kent State comes into this game on a four game winning streak and they had the second best record in the MAC during the regular season. Akron has won three of their last four games and they finished third in the MAC. These two teams split their first two meetings of the season, with Kent State winning in overtime last week. Both teams are capable of scoring plenty of points and I think we see a high scoring game here. I like the over. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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