Ohio vs. Akron - 2/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Akron Zips (17-4) at Ohio Bobcats (13-7)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Ohio University Convocation Center)
The Line: Ohio Bobcats +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel – Ohio / ESPN College Extra
The Akron Zips will travel to the Convocation Center to take on the Ohio Bobcats this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Akron Zips won their 4th straight game and improved to 17-4 (6-2 MAC East) on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals, 73-64, this past Saturday. Akron used a 14-4 run in the 1st half to take a 39-28 halftime lead and never trailed in the 2nd half in the victory. Akron shot 52.0% from the field and 41.7% (10-24) from beyond the arc. The Zips allowed the Cardinals to shoot 51.0% from the field and outrebounded Ball State by a 29-22 margin. Leading the way for Akron was Reggie McAdams who had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. On the season, the Zips have been led by Isaiah Johnson (12.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.5 apg), Antino Jackson (11.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.1 spg), and Reggie McAdams (10.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg). Offensively, Akron is averaging 76.4 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field and 38.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Zips average 11.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.29. Defensively, Akron is holding their opponents to an average of 66.2 ppg on 40.3% shooting. The Zips average 4.2 blocks per game and have a rebound margin of 1.3.
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The Ohio Bobcats won their 2nd consecutive game and improved to 13-7 (4-4 MAC East) on the season after defeating the Kent State Golden Flashes, 72-61, this past Friday. Ohio was able to hold off an early Kent State charge in the 2nd half and hit their FT’s down the stretch to get the win. Ohio shot 42.2% from the field and 84.6% (11-13) from the FT line. The Bobcats held the Golden Flashes to 38.6% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 14-9 margin. Leading the way for Ohio was Antonio Campbell who had 28 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, the Bobcats have been led by Antonio Campbell (16.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.8 bpg), Jaaron Simmons (14.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 7.8 apg), Kenny Kaminski (13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, Ohio is averaging 77.6 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field and 37.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bobcats average 7.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.03. Defensively, Ohio is allowing their opponents to average 73.7 ppg on 42.9% shooting. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 3.6 and average 4.7 steals per game.
The Zips are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Bobcats are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games however, just 5-12 ATS in their last 17 vs. MAC opponents.
Akron looks like to be the conference favorite in the MAC as they are a well-rounded team with a solid defense and great shooters. Ohio has been solid at home, sporting a 10-1 record, and have one of the better big men in the conference in Antonio Campbell. Ohio looked impressive against Kent State however, they are one of the worst teams in the country in defending the three-pointer and I think the Zips will keep their winning streak going. Take Akron to cover.