Akron vs. Kent State - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Akron vs. Kent State - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Kent State Golden Flashes (19-11) at Akron Zips (23-7)

College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 6:30 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)

The Line: Akron Zips -5.5 -- Over/Under: 145

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Kent State Golden Flashes and Akron Zips meet Friday in college basketball action at the James A. Rhodes Arena.

The Kent State Golden Flashes need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Kent State Golden Flashes are averaging 76 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 69.5 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Antonio Williams is averaging 14.7 points and 3.9 rebounds while Danny Pippen is averaging 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds. Troy Simons is the third double-digit scorer and Anthony Roberts is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Kent State Golden Flashes are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Kent State Golden Flashes are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game. The Kent State Golden Flashes have lost three straight road games.

The Akron Zips look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Akron Zips are averaging 75.6 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 66.2 points on 40 percent shooting. Loren Cristian Jackson is averaging 20 points and 2.7 rebounds while Tyler Cheese is averaging 15.9 points and 3.3 assists. Xeyrius Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Channel Banks is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Akron Zips are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Akron Zips are allowing 30.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The Akron Zips have won four straight home games.

The home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Kent State Golden Flashes beat Akron in the first meeting and have won four of the last six meetings overall. The problem is the Akron Zips have been highly impressive at home this season where they win by an average of 13.6 points while allowing 37.8 percent shooting from the field and 28.4 percent shooting from deep. Kent State is a more than respectable team and doesn't have a lot of blowout losses, but with Akron's dominance at home and with it being senior night, this should be a comfortable home win for the Zips.

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Randy’s Pick Akron Zips -5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.