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Akron vs. Princeton - 12/23/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Princeton Tigers (5-7) at Akron Zips (6-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Stan Sheriff Center)

The Line: Akron Zips +6 -- Over/Under: 141.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Princeton Tigers and Akron Zips will face off at Stan Sheriff Center in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Princeton Tigers had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 5-7 on the season after being defeated by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 69-67, last night. Princeton held a 28-23 lead at halftime, however, struggled defensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t hold on the victory after Middle Tennessee’s Giddy Potts made the game winning jumper with 2.3 seconds left in regulation. Princeton allowed Middle Tennessee to shoot 40.7% from the field and 35.0% (7-20) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Tigers was Devin Cannady who had 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. Going into their matchup against Middle Tennessee, Princeton was averaging 70.2 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Tigers were averaging 10.2 three-pointers per game on 40.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Princeton has been led by Devin Cannady (18.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.3 apg), Myles Stephens (16.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.3 apg), Amir Bell (9.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.9 spg), and Sebastian Much (7.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.7 apg). Defensively, Princeton was allowing their opponents to average 71.8 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Tigers had a rebound margin of -2.6 and a turnover margin of -0.4.

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Akron vs. Princeton - 12/23/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Akron Zips had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-3 on the season after being defeated by the USC Trojans, 84-53, last night. Akron struggled on both ends of the court in the 2nd half against the Trojans and couldn’t fight back after USC took a 58-40 lead with 10:32 left in regulation. Akron shot just 32.0% from the field and 25.0% (7-28) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Zips was Eric Parrish who had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. Prior to their game against USC, Akron is averaging 75.0 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Zips were averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 38.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Akron has been led by Daniel Utomi (20.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Malcolm Duvivier (12.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Jimond Ivey (11.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.1 spg), and Eric Parrish (7.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg). Defensively, Akron was allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Zips had a rebound margin of 4.0 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

The Tigers are 4-0 ATS in thier last 4 games overall and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. MAC opponents. The Zips are 4-1 ATS in thier last 5 games following a straight up loss however, just 2-6 ATS in thier last 8 games vs. a team with alosing straight up record. 

Princeton has played better as of late, which included an impressive overtime victory against USC, and is one of the better three-point shooting teams in the country as the Tigers rank 30th in three-point shooting and 27th in 3P-FG%. Akron doesn't have the same amount of talent as they did last year and come into this matchup ranked 182nd in scoring offense and 181st in scoring defense. Both of these teams offenses rely heavily on their three-point shooting however, I like how the Princeton defense has been playing as of late and I think the Tigers will do enough to cover this spread. 

Please Note: The Team/Individual Statistics currently don’t include the games Princeton and Akron played last night. 

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