Western Michigan Broncos vs. Akron Zips - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Akron Zips (12-6) at Western Michigan Broncos (13-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm (University Arena)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Akron Zips will travel to University Arena (MI) to take on the Western Michigan Broncos this Saturday afternoon.
The Akron Zips dropped to 12-6 (3-2 MAC) on the season after losing 64-61 to the Northern Illinois Huskies this past Wednesday. Akron shot just 36.7% from the field and committed 14 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Zips was Kwan Cheatham Jr. who had 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Akron is ranked 127th in the RPI Standings and has played the 172nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Zips have been led by Deji Ibitayo (10.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.1 spg) and Pat Forsythe (9.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.7 bpg). Offensively, Akron is averaging 69.7 ppg (ranked 128th) on 42.2% shooting (ranked 244th). The Zips make an average of 9.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 13th) on 34.8% three-point shooting (ranked 149th). Defensively, Akron is holding their opponents to an average of 62.2 ppg (ranked 78th) on 41.3% shooting (ranked 126th). The Zips are allowing teams to shoot 36.3% from beyond the arc (ranked 276th) and have a turnover margin of 2.4 (ranked 43rd).
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The Western Michigan Broncos won their 4th straight game and improved to 13-5 (4-1 MAC) on the season after defeating the Miami (OH) Redhawks 69-58 this past Wednesday. Western Michigan held Miami (OH) to just 35.2% shooting from the field and 27.8% (5-18) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Broncos was Austin Richie who had 16 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Western Michigan is ranked 116th in the RPI Standings and has played the 299th ranked SOS. On the season, the Broncos have been led by David Brown (15.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.6 spg) and Connar Tava (14.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.9 apg). Offensively, Western Michigan is averaging 73.7 ppg (ranked 47th) on 46.9% shooting (ranked 43rd). The Broncos are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 61st) on 38.6% three-point shooting (ranked 38th). Defensively, Western Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 68.9 ppg (ranked 246th) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 233rd). The Broncos allow teams to shot 35.9% from beyond the arc (ranked 264th) and have a rebound margin of -0.3 (ranked 215th).
The Zips are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 however, just 7-20 ATS in their last 27 road games. The Broncos are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 games vs. the MAC.
Western Michigan’s lone loss in conference play came from the hands of the Akron Zips, as Akron beat Western Michigan 72-52 back on January 6th. Both teams heavily rely on the three-point shot and are not great a defending the three. Akron has played the Broncos tough over the past few years and I think that this will be a close game in which I’m going to want the points. I’m taking the Akron Zips and the points in this one.