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Akron vs. IPFW - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

IPFW Mastodons (6-3) at Akron Zips (3-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)

The Line: Akron Zips -1 -- Over/Under: 150 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Fort Wayne Mastodons will travel James A. Rhodes Arena to take on the Akron Zips this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Fort Wayne Mastodons won their 3rd straight game and improved to 6-3 on the season after defeating the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars, 86-71, this past Sunday. Fort Wayne went into halftime with a 4331 lead and pulled away after taking a 75-63 with 5:13 left in regulation. Fort Wayne shot 45.9% from the field and outrebounded SIU-Edwardsville by a 46-28 margin. Leading the way for the Mastodons was Bryson Scott who had 31 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, Fort Wayne is averaging 83.7 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Mastodons are averaging 10.8 three-pointers per game on 36.65 shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fort Wayne has been led by Bryson Scott (23.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.0 spg), John Konchar (13.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.7 spg), Kason Harrell (12.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Matt Weir (5.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.9 apg). Defensively, Fort Wayne is allowing their opponents to average 72.3 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Mastodons have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of 3.2.

Akron vs. IPFW - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Akron Zips dropped to 3-2 on the season after being defeated by the Marshall Thundering Herd, 86-64, this past Saturday. Akron had no answers on the offensive end against the Marshall defense and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 55-34 margin with 16:27 left in regulation. Akron shot 38.1% from the field, 25.0% (6-24) from beyond the arc, and 52.6% (10-19) from the FT-Line. Leading the way for the Zips was Daniel Utomi who had 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Akron is averaging 68.4 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Zips are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Akron has been led by Daniel Utomi (22.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), Malcolm Duvivier (11.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.2 spg), Jimond Ivey (10.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg), and Eric Parrish (7.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.0 spg). Defensively, Akron is allowing their opponents to average 69.0 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Zips have a rebound margin of 0.2 and are averaging just 2.4 blocks per game.  

The Mastodons are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games vs. MAC opponents however, are just 7-20 ATS in their last 27 road games. The Zips are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

Fort Wayne has been a force on the offensive end this season as the Mastodons come into this matchup ranked 53rd in scoring offense, 77th in assists per game, and 18th in three-pointers made per game. Akron lost a bunch of talent from last year’s squad and have struggled on both ends of the court as they rank just 293rd in scoring offense and 290th in both FG% and defensive FG%. Akron’s three wins this season have some against teams that are just a combined 7-16 on the season and as their offense recently could put up just 64 points against Marshall defense that ranks 335th in scoring defense, I think Fort Wayne does plenty to cover this small road spread. 

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