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Kent State vs. Akron - MAC Tournament - 3/12/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron Zips (20-13) at Kent State Golden Flashes (21-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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

The Akron Zips and Kent State Golden Flashes will battle at the Quicken Loans Arena this Thursday night in quarterfinals action of the MAC Tournament.

The Akron Zips (20-13) stayed alive in the MAC Tournament with a solid 58-45 victory over the Western Michigan Broncos last night. Akron gained the 7 seed in the MAC Tournament by going 9-9 in conference play this year. Akron was able to shoot 41.4% (12-29) from beyond the arc and held Western Michigan to 25.9% shooting from the field and 14.3% (2-14) from three-point range in the victory. Leading the way for the Zips was Kwan Cheatham Jr. who had 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist. Akron is ranked 136th in the RPI Standings and has played the 151st ranked SOS. On the season, the Zips have been led by Pat Forsythe (10.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.3 bpg) and Deji Ibitayo (10.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 apg).  Akron is averaging 69.1 ppg (ranked 131st) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 260th). The Zips average 9.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 8th) on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 111th). Defensively, Akron is holding opponents to 63.7 ppg (ranked 102nd0 on 35.6% shooting (ranked 111th). The Zips average 7.0 spg (ranked 87th and 4.4 bpg (ranked 60th).

Kent State vs. Akron - MAC Tournament - 3/12/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kent State Golden Flashes finished the season with a 21-10 record and earned the 3 seed in the MAC Tournament with a 12-6 conference record. Kent State is a well balance team that can play great defense and knock the three-pointer when needed. The Golden Flashes is ranked 84th in the RPI Standings and has played the 149th ranked SOS. Kent State’s biggest victories of the season have come against Toledo (twice) and Central Michigan.

Kent State averages 66.2 ppg (ranked 201st) on 42.9% shooting (ranked 206th). The Golden Flashes average 7.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 82nd) on 36.7% three-point shooting (ranked 76th). Kent State average 11.5 turnovers per game (ranked 64th) and shoot just 64.3% from the free-throw line (ranked 321st). Defensively, Kent State is holding their opponents to 63.0 ppg (ranked 87th) on 41.4% shooting (ranked 98th). The Golden Flashes average 4.0 bpg (ranked 109th) and are holding teams to 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 81st). Kent State pulls down 34.77 total rpg (ranked 155th) and have a rebound margin of 1.3 (ranked 144th). On the season, the Golden Flashes have been led by Jimmy Hall (15.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.6 apg) and Devareaux Manley (13.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg).

The Zips are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Golden Flashes are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.

Kent State and Akron split their regular season series as Kent State won 79-77 at home and lost 61-52 at Akron. Akron’s leading scorer Pat Forsythe has been playing limited minutes due to an injury and missed the Zips recent 79-77 loss just over a week ago.  Akron has been playing some great defense over the last two days and although I like to stay away from teams that depend so much on the three-pointer, I think Akron stays hot and advances in this one. Take Akron to cover this small spread.

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Akron Zips -2

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