Akron Zips vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles - 3/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eastern Michigan Eagles (18-14) at Akron Zips (24-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Akron Zips -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Eastern Michigan Eagles will play the Akron Zips in the second round of the MAC Tournament.
The Akron Zips are 24-7 (13-5) and are the #1 seed in the MAC tournament. Akron finished the regular season by winning their last 3 games and is coming off of a win against Kent State by a score of 74-60. Akron defeated Eastern Michigan in their only regular season meeting by a score of 92-88. Akron is averaging 77.8 points per game while giving up 68.3 points per game. Akron is also averaging 37.8 rebounds per game and 14.7 assists per game. Isaiah Johnson is averaging 13.1 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game for Akron. Antino Jackson is averaging 11.8 points per game and 3.5 assists per game for the Zips. Akron is shooting 69.6% on free throws, 39.4% on three-pointers, and 43.7% on all field goal attempts.
USA TODAY Sports
The Eastern Michigan Eagles are 18-14 (9-9) and are the #8 seed in the MAC tournament. Eastern Michigan is coming off of a win against Toledo by a score of 69-60 in their first game of the MAC tournament. Eastern Michigan is averaging 77.8 points per game while giving up 74.8 points per game. Eastern Michigan is also averaging 36 rebounds per game and 11.7 assists per game. James Thompson IV is averaging 14.8 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game for Eastern Michigan. Raven Lee is averaging 14.8 points per game and 1.7 assists per game for the Eagles. Eastern Michigan is shooting 71.9% on free throws, 31% on three-pointers, and 44.8% on all field goal attempts.
Eastern Michigan is 5-11 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games. Eastern Michigan is 1-10 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games. The under is 7-3 in Eastern Michigan’s last 10 games. Akron is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. Akron is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games. The over is 9-2-1 in Akron’s last 12 games. The over is 5-1 in these two teams last 5 meetings.
Akron comes into this game as the top team in the MAC and was able to get a close victory over Eastern Michigan in the regular season. Akron plays much better defense than Eastern Michigan and has the rebounding advantage in this game. Eastern Michigan has played well of late, but I think Akron will be too much for them.