Buffalo Bulls vs. Akron Zips - 2/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Akron Zips (17-10) at Buffalo Bulls (17-9)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Arena)
The Line: Buffalo Bulls -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - New York
The Akron Zips will travel to the Akron Zips to take on the Buffalo Bulls this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Akron Zips dropped to 17-10 (8-6 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Miami (OH) Redhawks, 57-52, this past Saturday. Akron shot 32.2% from the field and 21.9% (7-32) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Zips was Kwan Cheatham Jr. who had 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist. Akron is ranked 133rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 153rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Zips have been led by Pat Forsythe (10.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg) and Deji Ibitayo (9.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.0 spg). Akron is averaging 69.0 ppg (ranked 131st) on 41.4% shooting (ranked 271st). The Zips average 9.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 10th) on 34.5% three-point shooting (ranked 164th). Akron is holding their opponents to an average of 63.4 ppg (ranked 101st) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 129th). The Zips pull down 36.11 total rpg (ranked 91st) and average 7.4 spg (ranked 61st).
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The Buffalo Bulls improved to 17-9 (8-6 MAC) on the season after defeating the Bowling Green Falcons, 68-56, this past Saturday. Buffalo shot 35.7% from the field and 52.9% (9-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulls was Justin Moss who had 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 1 assist. Buffalo is ranked 44th in the RPI Standings and has played the 70th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulls have been led by Justin Moss (18.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 0.8 bpg) and Shannon Evans (15.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apg). Buffalo is averaging 74.4 ppg (ranked 32nd) on 43.5% shooting (ranked 141st). The Bulls are shooting 73.6% from the free-throw line (ranked 32nd) and commit 11.7 turnovers per game (ranked 75th). Buffalo is holding their opponents to an average of 68.2 ppg (ranked 228th) on 42.3% shooting (ranked 141st). The Bulls pull down 37.85 total rpg (ranked 36th) and have a rebound margin of 2.3 (ranked 101st).
The Zips are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 8-20 ATS in their last 28 road games. The Bulls are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Akron has dropped their last three games and has really struggled from beyond the arc as they are shooting 29% in that span. Buffalo has bounced back from their own 3 game losing streak with 2 impressive road wins over EMU and Bowling Green. Akron was able to win a close on against Buffalo at home, however, as they rely so heavily on the three-pointer, I can't trust them on the road until they overcome their current struggles. Take Buffalo to cover.