Western Michigan vs. Akron - 1/2/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Akron Zips (7-5) at Western Michigan Broncos (8-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm (University Arena in Read Fieldhouse)
The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
MAC college basketball action kicks off with the Akron Zips visiting the Western Michigan Broncos.
The Akron Zips are not as loaded as usual but the team is looking to surprise and challenge in the MAC. Akron enters their conference opener following an 86-49 win versus the subdivision Concord College Mountain Lions. Akron was never challenged behind a hefty 50.9%-27.3% advantage in marksmanship.
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The twosome of Malcolm Duvivier and Jimond Ivey led the Zips scoring spree with 24 points apiece on 14-23 from the floor with ten long balls. Akron received 15 pints, ten rebounds and four assists from Daniel Utomi on 4-11 shooting while Emmanuel Olajakpoke chipped in with eight points and eleven rebounds on 3-3 from the field.
The Western Michigan Broncos head in to the MAC slate riding the momentum of wins in four of five. Western Michigan tuned up for the conference opener off of a 92-71 rout of the Chicago State Cougars on Saturday. The Broncos took a 21 point lead in to the break and coasted the rest of the way with a 45.5%-40.7% shooting edge and 14 long balls getting the job done.
Josh Davis poured in a contest high poured in a contest high 27 points with eight boards and four assists on 8-12 while Michael Flowers gave Western Michigan 12 points on 4-5 shooting. Thomas Wilder gave the Broncos ten points, five pulls and five assists followed by Drake LaMont added eight points and ten rebounds.
Over is 15-5-1 in Akron last 21 Tuesday games and Akron are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs. Mid-American and under is 11-5 in Akron last 16 overall. Under is 12-4 in Western Michigan last 16 overall and over is 45-19-3 in Western Michigan last 67 home games and Western Michigan are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Mid-American. Under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings and favorite is 16-6 ATS in the last 22 meetings.
Western Michigan looks like a contender in the MAC and Akron is probably a step or two off the pace this season…