North Dakota State vs. Akron - 12/16/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Akron Zips (6-3) at North Dakota State Bison (5-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Scheels Arena)
The Line: North Dakota State Bison -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ME TV
The Akron Zips and North Dakota State Bison square off Tuesday night at the Scheels Arena.
The Akron Zips have won four of their last six games and play their second true road contest. On the season, Akron is averaging 68.7 points on 41.4 percent shooting and is allowing 62.2 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Pat Forsythe leads Akron with 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds while Kwan Cheatham Jr. is averaging 11.3 points and 4.7 rebounds. Noah Robotham is the third Akron player averaging double-digit points and Deji Ibitayo is shooting 47.2 percent from the field. The Akron Zips are a balanced team that turns to its defense to win games, as they’re forcing more than 13 turnovers per game and has allowed 66 or fewer points in seven of their nine games. Offensively, Akron is shooting 71 percent from the free throw line and 35.5 percent from beyond the arc.
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The North Dakota State Bison have split their last four games and hope to get back on track here. On the season, NDSU is averaging 64.1 points on 40.7 percent shooting and is allowing 66.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Lawrence Alexander leads the Bison with 17 points and 4.6 rebounds while Kory Brown is averaging 10 points and 4.1 rebounds. Carlin Dupree is averaging 3.4 assists per game and Paul Miller is shooting 41 percent from the field. The North Dakota State Bison don’t score a ton despite shooting 67.7 percent from the free throw line and 36.6 percent from deep. Defensively, North Dakota State is forcing 11.4 turnovers per game and holding teams to 39.6 percent shooting from downtown. A.J. Jacobson is expected to miss this game with a knee injury.
The Zips are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games and 24-10-1 ATS in their last 35 Tuesday games. The Bison are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
North Dakota State is too up-and-down for me and doesn't have enough punch offensively to convince me they can hang with Akron. The Zips have gone toe-to-toe with some decent teams and should pick up a big road win here.