Akron vs. Central Michigan - 2/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Central Michigan Chippewas (13-9) at Akron Zips (18-4)
College Basketball: Friday, February 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)
The Line: Akron Zips -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Central Michigan Chippewas will travel to James A. Rhodes Arena to take on the Akron Zips this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Central Michigan Chippewas won their 4th straight game and improved to 13-9 (6-3 MAC West) on the season after defeating the Kent State Golden Flashes, 88-61, this past Tuesday. Central Michigan used a big 2nd half in which they outscored Kent State by a 50-30 margin, to secure the win and stay in 1st place in the MAC West division. Central Michigan shot an impressive 60.7% from the field and 48.3% (14-29) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Chippewas held the Golden Flashes to 38.9% shooting and won the turnover battle by a 14-7 margin. Leading the way for Central Michigan was Chris Fowler who had a double-double with 14 points, 10 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, the Chippewas have been led by Braylon Rayson (16.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Chris Fowler (16.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.2 spg), and Rayshawn Simmons (13.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.2 apg). Offensviely, Central Michigan is averaging 77.1 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field and 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Chippewas average 9.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.37. Defensively, Central Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 71.7 ppg on 44.2% shooting. The Chippewas average 5.0 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 1.1.
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The Akron Zips won their 5th consecutive game and improved to 18-4 (7-2 MAC East) on the season after defeating the Ohio Bobcats, 80-68, this past Tuesday. Akron held a 36-29 lead at halftime in this one and never allowed Ohio to take the lead in the 2nd half in the victory. Akron shot 42.2% from the field and 81.0% (17-21) from the FT line. The Zips held the Bobcats to 30.0% (6-20) shooting from beyond the arc and won the turnover battle by a 13-8 margin. Leading the way for Akron was Josh Williams who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist from off the bench. On the season, the Zips have been led by Isaiah Johnson (12.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.3 bpg), Antino Jackson (11.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg), and Reggie McAdams (10.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg). Offensviely, Akron is averaging 66.3 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field and 38.4% shooting form beyond the arc. The Zips average 11.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.29. Defensively, Akron is holding their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg on 40.5% shooting. The Zips average 4.2 blocks per game and have a rebound margin of 1.1.
The Chippewas are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Zips are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games.
Central Michigan and Akron both come into this matchup riding solid winning streaks and leading their respective divisions in the MAC conference. Both teams have the ability to do damage from beyond the arc as both teams rank in the top-15 of the country in three-point FG’s made (Akron 4th, Central Michigan 14th). Central Michigan has been playing well, but Akron is a perfect 10-0 at home this season and because they do have a better defense that ranks 2nd in the country in holding teams to just 27.5% shooing from beyond the arc, I think the Zips will be able to cover this spread at home. Take Akron to cover.