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Ohio State vs. Akron - 3/15/16 NIT College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron Zips (26-8) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (20-13)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Value City Arena)

The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Akron Zips and Ohio State Buckeyes square off Tuesday in the NIT at the Value City Arena.

The Akron Zips hope to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Akron Zips are averaging 76.3 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 69.1 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Isaiah Johnson is averaging 13.6 points and 7.5 rebounds while Antino Jackson is averaging 11.9 points and 3.5 assists. Reggie McAdams is the third double-digit scorer and Noah Robotham is dishing 3.8 assists. The Akron Zips are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Zips are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Akron Zips have lost five of their last eight road games.

Ohio State vs. Akron - 3/15/16 NIT College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ohio State Buckeyes look for a confidence boosting win after splitting their last six games. The Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging 70.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 68 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Marc Loving is averaging 13.7 points and 1.6 assists while Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. JaQuan Lyle is the third double-digit scorer and A.J. Harris is dishing 1.6 assists. The Ohio State Buckeyes are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Buckeyes are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won six of their last eight home games.

The Zips are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Buckeyes are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. 

This should be a fun game, as Akron has a chance to prove itself against the big boy in Ohio. However, the Buckeyes have been playing solid ball down the stretch. It's hard to bet against the more atheltic Buckeyes at home with the reasonable line. 

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Ohio State Buckeyes -5.5

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