Akron Zips vs. Marshall Thundering Herd Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14
Marshall Thundering Herd (5-8) at Akron Zips (6-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)
The Line: Akron Zips -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Akron Zips and the Marshall Thundering Herd face off on Thursday in college basketball action.
The Akron Zips got a win in their last game which snapped their three game losing skid. Akron has played the 185th ranked schedule and they are 5-0 at home this season. Denetrius Treadwell is averaging 13.6 points and 8.0 rebounds to lead Akron. Quincy Diggs is averaging 11.9 points, Nyles Evans is averaging 7.2 points, and Jake Kretzer is averaging 7.2 points. Akron is averaging 70.2 points and they are shooting 43.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69.7 points and their opponents are shooting 43.6 percent. Akron was a NCAA Tournament team last year but they aren’t looking like one so far this season.
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The Marshall Thundering Herd are struggling this season and they have lost their last two games. Marshall is 0-5 on the road this season and they have played the 87th ranked schedule in the country. Kareem Canty leads the Thundering Herd averaging 17.3 points and 7.2 assists. Chris Thomas is averaging 12.1 points, Ryan Taylor is averaging 13 points and 6.8 rebounds, and Shawn Smith is averaging 8.9 points. Marshall is averaging 84.2 points and they are shooting 47.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 78.7 points and their opponents are shooting 43.6 percent. Marshall opens Conference USA play on January 9th.
Akron is 29-10 against the spread in their last 39 home games, 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 games, 1-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Marshall is 10-26-1 against the spread in their last 37 games, 0-4 against the spread against the MAC, and 7-19 against the spread in their last 26 road games.
This is a big number as bad as Akron has been playing but the home cooking could be what they need to get back on track as well as a hurting opponent so I will lay the points in what amounts to a lean.
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