Akron Zips vs. Toledo Rockets Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/18/14
Toledo Rockets (14-2) at Akron Zips (11-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:00 am (James A. Rhodes Arena)
The Line: Akron Zips -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Akron Zips look to stay perfect in the MAC when the Toledo Rockets pay a visit.
Toledo garnered plenty of attention when they kicked off the season at 12-0 but I honestly don't know what this team has. The Rockets did escape with a 67-65 decision over visiting Buffalo to improve to 2-1 in the MAC. High scoring Toledo turned to their defense to limit the Bulls to under 42% while they hit at 41% with an 18-3 edge at the line winning it. Julius Brown tossed in 20 points and handed out six helpers with JD Weatherspoon posting 13 points and seven pulls while Justin Drummond and Rian Pearson netted 12 points each with Drummond snaring another seven yanks.
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Akron has been penciled in as a contender in the MAC and while they have not been dominant they are 3-0 in the conference following a 59-52 decision over Miami (Ohio). The defense was front and center in this one by holding the Redhawks to just 35% from the floor which was needed with the Zips sinking shots at under 44% while turning the ball over 16 times that gave the visitors six more looks. Akron received 15 points and and ten rebounds from Demetrius Treadwell followed by Nick Harney and Quincy Diggs with 21 points and ten boards with Reggie McAdams chipping in with nine.
Interesting match up between teams I don't have a ton of confidence in but Akron at home really needs to win. That's not to say Toledo doesn't need to win so I'm taking the home court advantage as much as Akron...