Akron vs Ohio Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/27/24

Ohio (15-12) vs Akron (20-7)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Convocation Center)

Betting Odds: Ohio -1.5 - Over/Under: 144.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Akron Zips will head down to Athens to meet the Ohio Bobcats in MAC play this Tuesday from the Convocation Center on ESPN+. Akron leads the current series, 37-36, but Ohio comes in as narrow home favorites, with the total hovering 144.5. Stay tuned for our Akron vs Ohio Prediction. 

Akron Zips Preview

Akron improved to 20-7 after defeating Kent State at home, 83-70. The Zips outplayed the Golden Flashes for 40 minutes, and they’ll try to avoid trading a sixth straight game here in Athens. Akron is currently first in the MAC with a 12-2 record in league play, they’re  8-2 over their previous ten games, and they’ve gone 7-4 on the road this season. 

Akron Team Analysis

  • Cleveland native Enrique Freeman has been a walking double-double, and after having another strong game against Ball State (14 PTS, 13 REB), he’s first in the country in rebounding (13.0), and he leads Akron in scoring (18.1).
  • Butler transfer Ali Ali has scored 17 points or more in three of the last five games, and he’s up to 16.3 ppg. 
  • Senior guard Greg Tribbke has reached double figures in three straight contests, and he’s now third on the team at 9.6 ppg. 

Ohio Bobcats Preview

Ohio moved 15-12 after defeating Northern Illinois in DeKalb, 80-59. The Bobcats blitzed the Huskies throughout the contest, and they’ll need to bring the same energy here against the conference-leading Zips. Ohio is currently 4th in the MAC with a 9-5 record in league play, they’re 8-2 over their previous ten games, and they’ve gone 10-3 in Athens this season. 

Ohio Team Analysis

  • Senior guard Jaylin Hunter has hit the 20-point mark in three of the last five games, and he leads Ohio in scoring (14.4) and assists (5.0).  
  • Omaha native Shereef Mitchell has scored 14 points or more in six of the last nine games, and he’s second on the team at 12.8 ppg.   
  • Junior forward AJ Clayton scored 22 points in the close call with Toledo, and he leads the Bobcats in rebounding (4.6). 

Akron vs Ohio Team Stats

  • Akron is scoring 76.0 points per game, on 45.8% shooting, and allowing 67.4 ppg.
  • The Zips are averaging 69.6 possessions per game (246th), while shooting 33.3% from deep, and 72.9% from the stripe. 
  • Ohio has scored 78.4 points per game, on 46.2% shooting, and they’ve allowed 73.6 ppg.
  • The Bobcats are averaging 73.5 possessions per game (58th), while shooting 36.0% from the outside, and 72.4% from the line. 

Akron vs Ohio Game Trends

  • AKR is 13-11-1 against the spread, with a 9-16 O/U record.
  • OH is 13-13 ATS, with a 13-13 over/under record.

Akron vs Ohio Prediction  

Akron will have a tough task if they’ll like to remain atop the MAC, and I like rolling the dice on them as road underdogs. The Zips will come in with a noticeable advantages in size and experience, so I do believe they’ll find a way to stick around with the Bobcats here. Akron’s trend with the magic number may put the Under in play, but let’s give Akron a shot in this in-state battle.

Corey’s Pick Akron TO WIN

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