Akron vs. Marshall - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marshall Thundering Herd (4-8) at Akron Zips (7-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)
The Line: Akron Zips -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Marshall Thundering Herd and Akron Zips play Tuesday night at the James A. Rhodes Arena.
The Marshall Thundering Herd have lost eight of their last nine games and will play their fourth true road contest. On the season, Marshall is averaging 64.1 points on 37 percent shooting and is allowing 70.1 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Ryan Taylor is averaging 14.2 points and 8.9 rebounds while Austin Loop is averaging 9.7 points and two rebounds. Cheikh Sane is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Justin Edmonds is shooting 38 percent from the field. The Marshall Thundering Herd are struggling mightily offensively without Shawn Smith on the floor, as they’re shooting just 29.5 percent from downtown and have scored 59 or less points in four of their last seven games. Defensively, Marshall is forcing 13.1 turnovers per game and is allowing teams to shoot 28.1 percent from deep.
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The Akron Zips have split their last four games and play for the first time in 10 days. On the season, Akron is averaging 66.4 points on 40.2 percent shooting and is allowing 61.5 points on 41 percent shooting. Pat Forsythe is averaging 10.7 points and five rebounds while Kwan Cheatham Jr. is averaging 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds. Deji Ibitayo is shooting 47.1 percent from the field and Noah Robotham is producing 3.2 assists. The Akron Zips rely on their defense that is forcing 12.6 turnovers per game and has allowed 62 or less points in five straight games. Offensively, Akron is shooting 69 percent from the line and 35 percent from deep. Akron has five players averaging at least six points.
The Thundering Herd are 11-24 ATS in their last 35 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Zips are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Conference USA. The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Marshall is one of the bottem feeding teams in the country this season while Akron is slowly starting to turn the corner this season and playing quality defense. Look for Akron to win this by double digits.