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Akron Zips vs. Ohio Bobcats - 2/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio Bobcats (9-17) at Akron Zips (17-11)

College Basketball: Friday, February 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)

The Line: Akron Zips -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Ohio Bobcats will travel to James A. Rhodes Arena to take on the Akron Zips this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Ohio Bobcats dropped to 9-17 (4-11 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Bowling Green Falcons, 76-65, this past Tuesday. Ohio shot 41.0% from the field and 38.1% (8-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Maurice Daly Ndour who had 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 block. Ohio is ranked 229th in the RPI Standings and has played the 77th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bobcats have been led by Maurice Daly Ndour (14.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.1 bpg) and Javarez Willis (14.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.1 apg). Ohio is averaging 66.7 ppg (ranked 182nd) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 187th). The Bobcats average 6.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 128th) and shoot 71.4% from the free-throw line (ranked 86th). Ohio is holding their opponents to an average of 71.4 ppg (ranked 293rd) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 187th). The Bobcats pull down 34.19 total rpg (ranked 188th) and have a turnover margin of -2.0 (ranked 301st).

Akron Zips vs. Ohio Bobcats - 2/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Akron Zips dropped to 17-11 (8-7 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Buffalo Bulls, 67-62, this past Tuesday. Akron shot 43.1% from the field and 26.3% (5-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Zips was Pat Forsythe who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 block. Akron is ranked 134th in the RPI Standings and has played the 148th ranked SOS. On the season, the Zips have been led by Pat Forsythe (11.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg) and Deji Ibitayo (10.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.0 spg). Akron is averaging 68.8 ppg (ranked 138th) on 41.4% shooting (ranked 271st). The Zips average 9.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 12th) on 34.3% three-point shooting (ranked 174th).  Akron is holding their opponents to an average of 63.6 ppg (ranked 105th) on 41.5% shooting (ranked 110th). The Zips average 7.3 spg (ranked 71st) and 4.5 bpg (ranked 69th).

The Bobcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Zips are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.

Ohio has dropped their last 5 games as they continue to struggle to score the ball as they are averaging just 61.6 ppg in that span. Akron has dropped their last 4 games as they just can't seem to find a way to win any close game as of late. Ohio was able to win this first match-up in a surprising offensive game (83-82), however, I don't see that type of score happening in this this one. Ohio is not a good defensive team and will have to rely on their struggling offensive to have a chance in this one. Although Akron has been struggling, I think they’re going to find their offensive rhythm against Ohio and get a big victory at home. Take Akron to cover this large spread. 

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