Ohio Bobcats (4-2) at Akron Zips (2-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)
The Line: Akron Zips +1 -- Over/Under: 147 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Ohio Bobcats and the Akron Zips meet Tuesday in college basketball action from James A. Rhodes Arena.
Ohio enters this game at 4-2 so far. The Bobcats had consecutive wins going versus Cleveland State and Purdue Calumet but lost their last outing to Marshall. As for Akron, they’re 2-1 this year. After losing to St. Bonaventure the Zips managed a 10-point win over Malone on Saturday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Ohio came out of the gate strong with a pair of wins 84-61 over Chicago State and 84-72 over NC A&T. The Bobcats nearly shocked the Illini in a 77-75 loss, but then got wins 101-46 over Cleveland State and 92-72 over Purdue Calumet. On Sunday the Bobcats recorded another loss 81-67 to Marshall.
In the loss to the Herd, Ohio’s Dwight Wilson led the team on a double-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds and two assists. Jason Preston was also in double-digits there with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Ben Vander Plas chipped in nine points, four rebounds and three assists.
Over on the Akron side, they’ve got two double-digit wins and a loss on their slate so far. The Zips opened up with a big 97-49 win over Cedarville, but then took an 81-74 loss to St. Bonaventure in game two. The Zips bounced back on Saturday with a 93-83 win over Malone.
In the victory Saturday over the Pioneers, Akron’s Loren Jackson posted 34 points with 10 assists and three rebounds. The star of the game however, was Enrique Freeman. In 30 minutes of action, Freeman notched an excellent 22 points and 21 rebounds.
Akron is 0-4 ATS in their last four home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four Tuesday games. The Zips are 1-6 ATS in their last seven overall and the under is 9-3 in their last 12 overall.
Meanwhile, Ohio is 5-0 ATS in their last five Tuesday games and 17-5 ATS in the last 22 overall. The Bobcats are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and the under is 11-5 in the last 16 overall.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Ohio. The Bobcats were great over their first five games, posting 75 or more points in each and 84 or more in four of them. The near-miss shocker upset against Illinois was a missed opportunity, but still a nice notch in the belt. Ohio was out-rebounded 33-30 and allowed 54.5 percent shooting from the field in the Marshall game, so the Bobcats certainly have some things to clean up. I think they’ll be able to handle Akron just fine, though.