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Miami (Ohio) RedHawks vs. Akron Zips - 3/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron Zips (18-11) at Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (12-17)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Millett Hall)

The Line: Miami (Ohio) RedHawks +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Akron Zips will travel to Millett Hall to take on the Miami (OH) Redhawks this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Akron Zips improved to 18-11 (9-7 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ohio Bobcats, 70-58, this past Friday. Akron shot 42.6% from the field and 39.3% (11-28) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Zips was Antino Jackson who had 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists. Akron is ranked 128th in the RPI Standings and has played the 152nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Zips have been led by Pat Forsythe (11.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 bpg) and Deji Ibitayo (10.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.0 spg). Akron is averaging 68.8 ppg (ranked 140th) on 41.5% shooting (ranked 271st). The Zips average 9.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 11th) and commit 12.1 turnovers per game (ranked 125th).  Akron is holding their opponents to an average of 63.4 ppg (ranked 98th) on 41.2% shooting (ranked 94th). The Zips pull down 36.17 total rpg (ranked 87th) and have a turnover margin of 1.3 (ranked 90th).

Miami (Ohio) RedHawks vs. Akron Zips - 3/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami (OH) Redhawks dropped to 12-17 (7-9 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Bowling Green Falcons, 62-57, this past Saturday. Miami (OH) shot 47.9% from the field and 20.0% (3-15) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Redhawks was Eric Washington who had 16 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals. Miami (OH) is ranked 231st in the RPI Standings and has played the 127th ranked SOS. On the season, the Redhawks have been led by Eric Washington (14.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.3 apg) and Geovonie McKnight (10.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.5 apg). Miami (OH) is averaging 66.4 ppg (ranked 192nd) on 44.7% shooting (ranked 106th). The Redhawks average 5.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 228th) on 34.0% three-point shooting (ranked 183rd).  Miami (OH) is holding their opponents to an average of 69.2 ppg (ranked 253rd) on 45.5% shooting (ranked 299th).  The Redhawks average 7.8 spg (ranked 34th) and have a rebound margin of -2.7 (ranked 284th).

The Zips are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 road games. The Redhawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Akron snapped their four game losing streak and was able to find their touch from beyond the arc as they shot 39.3% (11-28) in the victory. Miami (OH) had their four game winning streak snapped as they weren’t able to protect the ball and committed 17 turnovers in the loss. Prior to their recent loss, Miami (OH) was playing their best basketball of the season and even with their recent loss, their defensive has improved significantly since the beginning of the season. Although Akron can get hot from the outside at any time, Miami (OH) was able to hold the Zips to just 21.9% (7-32) three-point shooting in their recent 57-52 overtime victory. I'm hoping that Miami (OH) comes with a similar defensive effort at home against the Zips and I'm going to take the home team and the points in this one. Take Miami (OH) and the points.  

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