CIT First Round IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons vs. Akron Zips Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/19/14
Akron Zips (21-12) at IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons (24-10)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Memorial Coliseum)
The Line: IUPU Fort Wayne Mastodons -1 -- Over/Under: 137.5 See the Latest Odds
The Akron Zips visit the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum to face the IPFW Mastodons in CIT action Wednesday.
Things really didn't play out in Akron's favor as they finished 4th in the MAC but were on the outside looking in at the top of the conference. The Zips then took a 16 point half time lead against Western Michigan and lost. They were probably a victim of their own success but looking through the schedule many games were close and over the last few years many of those close ones would have been double digit routs. Fortunately the defense has generally played well and kept things in the mid 60's which gives them a decent chance at winning. If this happens against IPFW the Zips will be fortunate and need guys like Demetrius Treadwell and his nearly 15 points to do even more damage with maybe Quincy Duiggs (12 ppg) stepping up.
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IPFW finished second in the Summit during the regular season to North Dakota State and then fell to the Bison 60-57 in the conference playoffs to miss out on their opportunity to go Dancing. The potent attack of the Mastodons averaged 76 points on 49% shooting which is deadly efficient. The numers say Fort Wayne also allowed a hefty 69 points on 45% accuracy but over the past six contests allowed more then 60 once. If this team were to score like they do and get this type of performance from the defensive end of the floor the rest of the CIT field might have problems. Luis Jacobo (14 ppg) and Steve Forbes (12 ppg) lead the offense but there is no shortage of scoring help.
On paper this appears to come down to the Akron defense and the IPFW offense but if the Matsodons defense keeps playing well I will back them...