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Akron Zips vs. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (10-16) at Akron Zips (17-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)

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The Miami (OH) Redhawks will travel to James A. Rhodes Arena to take on the Akron Zips this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Miami (OH) Redhawks improved to 10-16 (5-8 MAC) on the season after defeating the Bowling Green Falcons, 67-56, this past Wednesday. Miami (OH) shot 42.3% from the field and 33.3% (3-9) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Redhawks was Geovonie McKnight who had 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. Miami (OH) is ranked 265th in the RPI Standings and has played the 164th ranked SOS. On the season, the Redhawks have been led by Eric Washington (14.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.5 apg) and Geovonie McKnight (11.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 spg). Miami (OH) is averaging 66.3 ppg (ranked 199th) on 44.9% shooting (ranked 100th). The Redhawks average 6.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 206th) on 34.5% three-point shooting (ranked 164th). Miami (OH) is holding their opponents to an average of 69.7 ppg (ranked 265th) on 46.4% shooting (ranked 319th). The Redhawks average 7.7 spg (ranked 40th) and have a turnover margin of 0.6 (ranked 140th).

Akron Zips vs. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Akron Zips dropped to 17-9 (8-5 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 68-66, this past Wednesday. Akron shot 39.3% from the field and 27.6% (8-29) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Zips was Antino Jackson who had 14 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Akron is ranked 105th in the RPI Standings and has played the 133rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Zips have been led by Pat Forsythe (11.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 bpg) and Deji Ibitayo (10.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.0 spg). Akron is averaging 69.7 ppg (ranked 115th) on 41.7% shooting (ranked 261st). The Zips average 9.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 9th) on 35.1% three-point shooting (ranked 127th).  Akron is holding their opponents to an average of 63.7 ppg (ranked 110th) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 135th).  The Zips average 7.3 spg (ranked 65th) and have a turnover margin of 2.2 (ranked 46th).

The Redhawks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Zips are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 41-20 ATS in their last 61 home games.

Miami (OH) has played better as of late as they've split their last 6 games which included their recent upset win at Bowling Green. Akron dropped a tough one against Toledo as they struggled beyond the arc (8-27). Miami (OH) is playing well, but one of their weaknesses is their 3-point shooting defensive as they are allowing teams to shoot 35.3% from beyond the arc (ranked 241st). I think Akron finds their touch beyond the arc at home in this one and wins by at least 10. The line is not posted as of yet, but I'm going with Akron in this one unless it's an outrageous number.

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