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Akron Zips vs. Ball State Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/29/14

Ball State Cardinals (4-13) at Akron Zips (13-6)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)

The Line: Akron Zips -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: Akron looks to cement its first place standing in the MAC East with a win over Ball State Wednesday.

The Breakdown: Akron is in first place in the East division, improving to 5-1 with an 82-74 win over Central Michigan Saturday. The Zips shot 51.8 percent from the field and hit 12 of 27 from outside the arc to the Chippewas to 47.2 percent from the floor and 7 of 18 from distance. Akron also finished with a 34-29 advantage on the boards and forced 16 turnovers. Senior F Quincy Diggs was the high man with 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting, while senior F Demetrius Treadwell and sophomore F Jake Kretzer added 15 points apiece. On the season, the Zips are averaging 70.3 ppg on 43.4 percent shooting and Treadwell leads the team with 13.8 ppg, followed by Diggs at 12.7 ppg.

Akron Zips vs. Ball State Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/29/14

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Meanwhile, Ball State is in 4th place in the West standings with a league record of 1-5 and come in off a 62-53 loss to Western Michigan Sunday. The Cardinals had a poor shooting night, connecting on 15 of 50 from the field and 5 of 23 from outside the arc to the Broncos’ 36.7 percent and 2 of 9 from distance. Ball State was also outrebounded 36-34 and committed 21 turnovers. Senior C Majok Majok had 13 points and 10 boards, while senior F Chris Bond added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Through 17 games, Ball State is averaging 65.1 ppg on 40.5 percent shooting and freshman G Zavier Turner leads the team with 12.4 ppg, followed by Bond at 11.8 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -13.5 for Akron and Ball State only lost to the Zips by 4 points the last time around. There’s not a whole lot separating these two either, statistically speaking. Look for a closer game than the spread.

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