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Akron Zips vs. Toledo Rockets - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toledo Rockets (16-9) at Akron Zips (17-8)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)

The Line: Akron Zips -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - Ohio, Time Warner Sports Channel - New York

The Toledo Rockets will travel to the James A. Rhodes Arena to take on the Akron Zips this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Toledo Rockets dropped to 16-9 (8-4 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Kent State Golden Flashes, 76-75, this past Friday. Toledo shot 38.3% from the field and 29.4% (5-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Rockets was Nathan Boothe who had 15 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists. Toledo is ranked 82nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 105th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rockets have been led by Julius Brown (16.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.3 apg) and Justin Drummond (13.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.9 apg). Toledo is averaging 75.4 ppg (ranked 26th) on 46.8% shooting (ranked 44th). The Rockets average 6.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 156th) and are shooting 74.3% from the free-throw line (ranked 21st). Toledo is holding their opponents to an average of 69.4 ppg (ranked 264th) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 214th).  The Rockets are pulling down 36.32 total rpg (ranked 83rd) and have a rebound margin of 3.4 (ranked 80th).

Akron Zips vs. Toledo Rockets - 2/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Akron Zips dropped to 17-8 (8-4 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 78-75, this past Saturday. Akron shot 32.1% from the field and 37.5% (12-32) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Zips was Pat Forsythe who had 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 block. Akron is ranked 92nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 144th ranked SOS. On the season, the Zips have been led by Pat Forsythe (11.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.6 bpg) and Deji Ibitayo (9.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.0 spg). Akron is averaging 69.8 ppg (ranked 112th) on 41.8% shooting (ranked 255th). The Zips average 9.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 10th) on 35.5% three-point shooting (ranked 122nd). Akron is holding their opponents to an average of 63.5 ppg (ranked 106th) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 133rd).  The Zips average 7.4 spg (ranked 62nd) and have a turnover margin of 2.2 (ranked 47th).

The Rockets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Zips are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Both Toledo and Akron dropped close games over the weekend which will make this game critical if they want to have a chance to win the regular season title in the MAC. Toledo had won six straight prior to their loss to Kent State as they allowed the Golden Flashes to do damage on them from beyond the arc. Akron is a team that relies heavily on the three-pointer and is currently 13-1 at home this season. Although Toledo has one of the best backcourts in the MAC and handled Akron in their first match-up this season, Akron has responded to losses well all season and I think they’ll have success from beyond the arc at home in this one. I’m taking Akron to cover this small spread. 

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