Eastern Michigan vs. Akron - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Akron Zips (17-7) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (15-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2:30 pm (EMU Convocation Center)
The Line: Eastern Michigan Eagles -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Akron Zips and Eastern Michigan Eagles meet Saturday at the Convocation Center.
The Akron Zips hope to keep things going after winning five of their last six games. On the season, Akron is averaging 68.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting and is allowing 63.3 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Pat Forsythe is averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds while Deji Ibitayo is averaging 9.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. Noah Robotham is dishing 3.3 assists and Kwan Cheatham Jr. is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Akron Zips have four players averaging at least 8.3 points, and they’re shooting 65.7 percent from the line and 35.4 percent from downtown. Defensively, Akron is allowing 36.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 68 or more points in four of its last six games.
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The Eastern Michigan Eagles could use a win after splitting their last eight games. On the season, EMU is averaging 67.6 points on 40.1 percent shooting and is allowing 68.2 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Raven Lee is averaging 15.8 points and 1.5 assists while Karrington Ward is averaging 11.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. Mike Talley is the third double-digit scorer and Anali Okoloji is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Eastern Michigan Eagles have four players averaging at least 5.8 points, and they’re shooting 71.9 percent from the line and 30.3 percent from downtown. Defensively, EMU is allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in four of its last eight games.
The Zips are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Zips are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Eastern Michigan and the home team is 14-4 ATS in the last 18 meetings.
The Akron Zips are on a roll lately and need to keep winning if they want a shot to win the MAC East. Eastern Michigan is going through another funk, so I like the Zips to pick up the big road win and cover here.