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Toledo vs. Akron - 1/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron Zips (7-6) at Toledo Rockets (8-6)

College Basketball: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 6:30 pm (Savage Arena)

The Line: Toledo Rockets -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBSC

We have some MAC-tion on the hardwood on Friday night, as the Akron Zips take on the Toledo Rockets in a college basketball matchup.

The Akron Zips will look to find their footing after losing 4 of their last 5 games, including a conference play opening 87-75 loss to Western Michigan in their last outing. Malcolm Duvivier led the team with 21 points on 8 of 17 shooting with 4 threes, while Jimond Ivey came 2nd with 18 points, also leading the team with 7 assists and a pair of blocks. Daniel Utomi added 11 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Zips in the loss, while Torrey Patton added a team-high 6 rebounds and Eric Parrish chipped in a pair of steals. Utomi leads the team with an average of 18 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while Ivey is the team’s leading assist man with 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Akron is scoring 73.4 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 38.4% from behind the arc and 66.5% from the foul line.

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Toledo vs. Akron - 1/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toledo Rockets will look to bounce back from having their 3 game winning streak snapped thanks to a 104-94 loss to Buffalo last time out. Tre’Shaun Fletcher led the team with 27 points on 10 of 14 shooting, while Jaelan Sanford added 18 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 3 triples and a team-high 5 assists. Willie Jackson added 16 points with 10 rebounds and 4 assists to finish off the double digit scoring for the Rockets in the losing effort. Fletcher leads the Rockets with an average of 18.1 points, 3.6 assists and 8.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Toledo is scoring 79.4 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the floor, 39.7% from behind the 3-point line and 73.1% from the charity stripe this season.

Akron is 4-11 ATS in their last 15 conference matchups and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Toledo is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 conference matchups while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. Akron is 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I thought this line would be a little bit lower in all honesty, but the fact of the matter is that the Rockets can score and that won’t bode well for Akron who have struggled ATS on the road this season and have had no success against the number in this matchup over the last couple of years, so I’ll lay the points with Toledo here.

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