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Kent State vs. Akron - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron Zips (11-14) at Kent State Golden Flashes (12-14)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Memorial A )

The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes -7 -- Over/Under: 147 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBSC

We have some MAC-tion on the college basketball schedule on Saturday, as the Akron Zips take on the Kent State Golden Flashes in a college basketball matchup. 

The Akron Zips will look to bounce back after losing 5 of their last 6 games, including a 90-77 loss to Ball State in their last outing. Malcolm Duvivier led the Zips with 26 points on 8 of 20 shooting with 6 threes while Jimond Ivey added 13 points with a team-high 5 assists and Eric Parrish added 11 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for Akron in the loss. Daniel Utomi scored just 8 points in the losing effort but still leads Akron with an average of 15.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while Ivey is the Zips’ leading assist man with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Akron is scoring 72.5 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 36.4% from behind the arc and 70.2% from the foul line this season.

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Kent State vs. Akron - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kent State Golden Flashes need a win here to snap a 4 game losing skid after an 84-72 loss to Buffalo in their last outing. Kevin Zabo led the team with 17 points on 7 of 14 shooting while Jalen Avery added 16 points with 4 triples and a team-high 4 assists and Jaylin Walker chipped in 15 points for Kent State. Adonis De La Rosa chipped in 11 points with a team-high 9 rebounds to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for the Golden Flashes in the losing effort. Walker leads Kent State in scoring with 17.1 points per game while De La Rosa leads the Golden Flashes in rebounding with 7.8 rebounds per game and Avery leads the way for Kent State in assists with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Kent State is scoring 73.5 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 33.4% from behind the 3-point line and 72.6% from the foul line this season.

Akron is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a double digit loss at home. Kent State is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 conference matchups while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Akron is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams at Kent State.

Neither Akron nor Kent State are teams you’d feel comfortable backing right now. However, Kent State has been a much better home team ATS compared to Akron who have been pretty bad ATS this season on the road. So despite the head-to-head trends pointing towards the Zips here, I think the safer choice would be to lay the points with Kent State as I see the Golden Flashes winning by double digits. 

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