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Ohio Bobcats vs. Akron Zips Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/12/14

Akron Zips (9-5) at Ohio Bobcats (11-3)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Ohio University Convocation Center)

The Line: Ohio Bobcats -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The Ohio Bobcats welcome the Akron Zips to town in a battle of MAC favorites.

Akron is one of the conference favorites but with the league schedule just beginning the main concern for this team is getting their offense going. We saw signs of this in a 72-68 decision over Ball State in the MAC opener for both squads despite 40% shooting. The Zips mustered 14 more attempts on the strength of 14 turnovers which proved to be the winning stat. Quincy Diggs carried the offense with a contest high 21 points with Demetrius Treadwell tossing in 13 points and snagging seven boards while Nick Harney and Jake Kretzer chipped in with nine points each.

Ohio Bobcats vs. Akron Zips Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/12/14

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Before the season began I was struggling to figure out where Ohio fit in the conference but almost half way through the year the Bobcats look pretty good at both ends of the floor. It was their defense that rose to the occasion in a 58-53 decision at Kent State as 39% shooting looked great against the Golden Flashes 28% which gave the visitors five more baskets. Leading scorer Nick Kellogg pumped in 19 points and snagged six boards while Maurice Ndour and Travis Wilkens added 17 points and 12 rebounds followed by seven points each from Jon Smith and TJ Hall with Hall grabbing nine boards.

Ohio has been the hotter team here with Akron just not looking good even when winning. That doesn't make laying the points any easier for me because I think the Zips could explode at any time...

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