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Western Michigan vs. Akron - MAC Tournament - 3/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron Zips (19-13) at Western Michigan Broncos (20-12)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Western Michigan Broncos +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - New York; Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - Ohio

The Akron Zips and Western Michigan Broncos will battle at Quicken Loans Arena in the 2nd round of the MAC tournament this Wednesday night.

The Akron zips (19-13; 9-9 MAC), who gained the 7th seed in the MAC Tournament,  advanced to the 2nd round with a convincing 76-52 victory over the Northern Illinois Huskies this past Monday night. Akron shot 51.0% from the field and 46.7% (14-30) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Zips was Deji Ibitayo who had 18 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists. Akron is ranked 138th in the RPI standings and has played the 156th ranked SOS. Leading the way for the Zips on the season have been Pat Forsythe (10.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.3 bpg) and Deji Ibitayo (10.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 apg). Akron is averaging 69.1 ppg (ranked 132nd) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 260th). The Zips average 9.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 8th) on 35.6% three-point shooting (ranked 111th). Defensively, Akron is holding their opponents to 63.7 ppg (ranked 102nd) on 41.3% shooting (ranked 91st). The Zips average 7.0 spg (ranked 87th) and have a turnover margin of 0.9 (ranked 117th).

Western Michigan vs. Akron - MAC Tournament - 3/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Western Michigan Broncos (20-12, 10-8 MAC) who earned the 6th seed in the MAC Tournament used a big second half to defeat the Ohio Bobcats 82-74 and advance to the 2nd round of the MAC Tournament. Western Michigan was able to shoot 42.1% from the field and 44.4% (12-27) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Broncos are ranked 107th in the RPI Standings and has played the 177th ranked SOS. Leading the way for the Broncos on the season have been David Brown (15.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg) and Connar Tava (12.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.1 spg). Western Michigan is averaging 71.8 ppg (ranked 70th) on 46.5% shooting (ranked 50th). The Broncos average 7.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 89th) on 37.3% three-point shooting (ranked 61st). Western Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 69.1 ppg (ranked 248th) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 234th). The Broncos average 6.4 spg (ranked 151st) and commit 18.3 personal fouls per game (ranked 181st).

The Zips are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Broncos are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 neutral site games.

Akron was able to defeat Western Michigan at home 72-52 in their only match-up of the season. Akron was able to hold Western Michigan to just 35.3% shooting from the field. Akron had lost six of their last seven games entering the conference tournament as they were struggling on the offensive end however, looked impressive without their leader Pat Forsythe in their victory against Northern Illinois. Western Michigan struggled offensively in their first match-up however, have looked good in their last two games as they’ve averaged 78 ppg. Akron depends heavily on the three-pointer and this game will probably come down to how well Akron can do from beyond the arc away from their home court. I’m probably staying away from this one, but I think Western Michigan is the better team here and that they do enough to pull out a victory in this one. Take Western Michigan and the points.

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