Toledo Rockets vs. Akron Zips - 1/9/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Akron Zips (10-4) at Toledo Rockets (8-6)
College Basketball: Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Savage Arena)
The Line: Toledo Rockets -6.0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Akron Zips will travel to Savage Arena to take on the Toledo Rockets this Friday night.
The Akron Zips won their 4 straight game and improved to 10-4 (1-0 MAC) on the season after defeating the Western Michigan Broncos this past Tuesday. The Zips outrebounded the Broncos by a 39-29 margin and held Western Michigan to 35.3% shooting. Leading the way for Akron was Pat Forsythe who had 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks. The Zips are currently ranked 164th in the RPI Standings and have played the 262nd ranked SOS. On the season, Akron have been led by Pat Forsythe (10.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 apg) and Deji Ibitayo (9.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.1 spg). Offensively, the Zips are averaging 69.8 ppg (ranked 136th) on 41.8% shooting (ranked 249th). Arkon averages 8.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 18th) on 35.0 three-point shooting (ranked 134th). Defensively, the Zips are holding their opponents to an average of 60.4 ppg (ranked 56th) on 40.4% shooting (ranked 105th). Akron grabs an average of 23.5 defensive rpg (ranked 200th) and 35.64 total rpg (ranked 151st).
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The Toledo Rockets had a disappointing start to conference play losing to the Central Michigan Chippewas 65-62 this past Tuesday to drop to 8-6 (0-1 MAC) on the season. The Rockets lost the turnover battle against the Chippewas by a 13-4 margin. Leading the way for the Rockets was Justin Drummond who had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Toledo is currently ranked 150th in the RPI standings and has played the 202nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Rockets have been led by Julius Brown (14.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.6 apg) and J.D. Weatherspoon (12.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.4 apg). Offensively, Toledo is averaging 74.3 ppg (ranked 44th) on 45.7% shooting (ranked 74th). The Rockets currently shot 74.9% from the free-throw line as a team (ranked 18th). Defensively, Toledo is allowing their opponents to score an average of 68.6 ppg (ranked 236th) on 42.8% shooting (ranked 189th).
The Zips are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs the Mid-American and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Rockets are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Toledo was pegged as the conference favorites going into this year and have to be disappointed dropping their conference opener at home. Akron are a decent defensive team and can do some damage on the offensive end if they can get the long-range shooting going. Akron has played some decent competition (South Carolina) early in the season and I think the Zips will be able to keep this one close with their solid defensive. I’m going to roll with the Zips and the points in this one.