The Akron Zips and Kent State Golden Flashes meet Friday in the college basketball MAC Tournament Semifinal at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Akron Zips are averaging 73.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 66.2 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Xavier Castaneda is averaging 21.4 points and 4.2 rebounds, while Enrique Freeman is averaging 16.5 points and 2 assists. Trendon Hankerson is dishing 2.1 assists and Sammy Hunter is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Akron Zips are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Akron Zips are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game.
The Kent State Golden Flashes are averaging 76 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 65.4 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Sincere Carry is averaging 17.4 points and 3.7 rebounds, while Malique Jacobs is averaging 12.6 points and 5 rebounds. Miryne Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Sullinger is grabbing 1.4 rebounds. The Kent State Golden Flashes are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Kent State Golden Flashes are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game.
The Zips are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games. The Golden Flashes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Zips last 4 overall. The under is 35-15-1 in Golden Flashes last 51 Friday games. The underdog is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Kent State Golden Flashes were the more consistent team this season, but Akron is too good to turn down in the underdog role. Akron was a 5 point underdog on the road last week with Kent State and forced overtime. The meeting in February was an Akron blowout. This should be a dogfight as both clubs are big dance material. Give me the Zips and the points.