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Ball State Cardinals vs. Akron Zips - 1/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron Zips (16-4) at Ball State Cardinals (13-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Worthen Arena)

The Line: Ball State Cardinals -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Akron Zips will travel to play the Ball State Cardinals in a MAC game on Saturday.

The Ball State Cardinals are 13-7 (4-3) and are coming off of a loss to Buffalo by a score of 76-64. Ball State has lost 2 of their last 3 games and is currently tied for 2nd in the MAC West Division. Ball State’s conference wins have come against some of the lower teams in the MAC. Ball State is averaging 70.3 points per game while giving up 65.4 points per game. Ball State is also averaging 36.6 rebounds per game and 14.6 assists per game. Ryan Weber is averaging 12.1 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game for Ball State. Franko House is averaging 11.3 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Cardinals. Ball State is shooting 69.7% on free throws, 37% on three-pointers, and 43.8% on all field goal attempts.

Ball State Cardinals vs. Akron Zips - 1/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Akron Zips are 16-4 (5-2) and are coming off of a win against Northern Illinois by a score of 76-66. Akron has won 3 games in a row and is currently in 2nd place of the MAC East Division. Akron is averaging 76.6 points per game while giving up 66.3 points per game. Akron is also averaging 38.8 rebounds per game and 14.8 assists per game. Isaiah Johnson is averaging 12.3 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game for Akron. Antino Jackson is averaging 11.4 points per game and 4.2 assists per game for the Zips. Akron is shooting 68.6% on free throws, 38.5% on three-pointers, and 42.8% on all field goal attempts.

Akron is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. Akron is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games following three or more consecutive home games. The under is 5-1 in Akron’s last 6 games following an ATS win. Ball State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. Ball State is 7-16 ATS in their last 23 conference games. The over is 7-2 in Ball State’s last 9 conference games.

Akron has been playing well during their 3 game winning streak, while Ball State has been struggling of late. Ball State struggles to score consistently at times, while Akron is averaging about 6 more points per game. Ball State hasn’t beaten any of the top teams in the MAC, but Akron was able to beat Northern Illinois (1st in the MAC West). I like Akron to keep riding their momentum from their winning streak and get the job done here.

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