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Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Akron Zips - 3/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron Zips (18-12) at Kent State Golden Flashes (20-10)

College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Memorial A )

The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The Akron Zips will travel to the MAC Center to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Akron Zips dropped to 18-12 (9-8 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Miami (OH) Redhawks, 70-63, this past Tuesday. Akron shot 44.2% from the field and 40.7% (11-27) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Zips was Aaron Jackson who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal. Akron is ranked 145th in the RPI Standings and has played the 163rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Zips have been led by Pat Forsythe (10.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apg) and Deji Ibitayo (9.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.0 spg). Akron is averaging 68.6 ppg (ranked 144th) on 41.6% shooting (ranked 271st). The Zips average 9.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 12th) however, shoot just 65.2% from the free-throw line (ranked 297th).  Akron is holding their opponents to an average of 63.6 ppg (ranked 100th) on 41.1% shooting (ranked 90th). The Zips average 4.5 bpg (ranked 62nd) and 7.2 apg (ranked 67th).

Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Akron Zips - 3/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kent State Golden Flashes improved to 20-10 (11-6 MAC) on the season after defeating the Bowling Green Falcons, 81-80, this past Tuesday. Kent State shot 53.8% from the field and 61.9% (13-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Flashes was Derek Jackson who had 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Kent State is ranked 88th in the RPI Standings and has played the 155th ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Flashes have been led by Jimmy Hall (15.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.6 apg) and Devareaux Manley (13.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.9 apg). Kent State is averaging 65.8 ppg (ranked 211th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 216th). The Golden Flashes average 7.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 82nd) on 41.2% three-point shooting (ranked 92nd). Kent State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.6 ppg (ranked 75th) on 41.2% shooting (ranked 92nd). The Golden Flashes pull down 34.83 total rpg (ranked 156th) and average 3.9 bpg (ranked 112th).

The Zips are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record however, just 5-14 ATS in their last 19 road games. The Golden Flashes are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.

Akron has struggled towards the end of the regular season as they've now dropped 5 of their last 6 games as they've had trouble scoring the basketball. Kent State picked up a big win on the road against Bowling Green in one of their strongest offensive outputs of the season in which they shot 61.9% (13-21) from beyond the arc. Akron is very one-dimensional on offensive as they really rely on the three-pointer and although they make about 9 three-pointers a game, they are only shooting 34.7% from three-point range (ranked 153rd). Kent State generally defends the three-pointer well and as Akron’s main inside force, Pat Forsythe, is out with a foot injury, I think Kent State will have no problem covering this small spread at home. Take Kent State to cover. 

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