Akron vs. Marshall - 12/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron vs. Marshall - 12/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Marshall Thundering Herd (6-4) at Akron Zips (6-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)

The Line: Akron Zips -4 -- Over/Under: 150 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Marshall Thundering Herd will travel to James A. Rhodes Arena to take on the Akron Zips this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Marshall Thundering Herd snapped a 3-game losing streak and improved to 6-4 on the season after defeating the Morehead State Eagles, 76-64, this past Monday night. Marshall used an early 21-2 run to help take a 44-24 halftime lead had no trouble holding off the Eagles for the victory. Marshall shot 44.1% from the field and forced Morehead State into committing 20 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Thundering Herd was Jon Elmore who had 27 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assits, 3 steals, and a block.

On the season, Marshall is averaging 84.1 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Thundering Herd are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Marshall has been led by Jon Elmore (20.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.7 spg), C.J. Burks (18.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.2 spg), Jannson Williams (9.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.3 bpg), and Rondale Watson (6.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.1 apg).

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Defensively, Marshall is allowing their opponents to average 79.6 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Thundering Herd have a rebound margin of -7.3 and a turnover margin of 5.6.

The Akron Zips had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-3 on the season after being defeated by the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons, 68-65, on December 5th.  Akron fought back from a 19-point 2nd half deficit to take a late 63-62 lead however, couldn’t secure the come from behind victory as the Zips struggled offensively down the stretch scoring just two points over the final 2:43 of regulation. Akron allowed Purdue Fort Wayne to shoot 46.9% from the field while the Zips shot just 32.8% from the field and 32.4% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Zips was Daniel Utomi who had 23 points and 9 rebounds.

On the season, Akron is averaging 75.0 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Zips are averaging 9.9 three-pointers per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Akron has been led by Daniel Utomi (15.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.4 apg), Jimond Ivey (13.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.2 apg), Loren Cristian Jackson (12.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.0 spg), and Tyler Cheese (9.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Akron is holding their opponents to an average of 60.0 ppg on 39.0% shooting from the field. The Zips have a rebound margin of 0.3 and a turnover margin of 2.7.

The Thundering Herd are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games however, are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The Zips are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Marshall has one of the best one-two punches in the C-USA in Jon Elmore & C.J. Burks however, the Thundering Herd can’t afford either player to have an off night as they currently have a defense that ranks 314th in scoring defense & 341st in rebound margin. Akron is a very a solid defensive team that ranks 16th in scoring defense and although their offense heavily relies on the three-pointer, this is a very solid team that even gave Clemson all they could handle in a 72-69 loss. Marshall is just 1-3 on the road this season and as I think the Zips defense will contain Elmore & Burks, I think the Zips offense does enough agianst the Marshall defense to cover this small home spread.

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