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Akron vs. Central Michigan - 1/22/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Central Michigan at Akron
Date & Time Tuesday January 22, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
James A. Rhodes Arena
Akron, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Akron -6 -- Over/Under: 143
TV Channel
ESPN+
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Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Central Michigan Chippewas and Akron Zips meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the James A. Rhodes Arena.

The Central Michigan Chippewas look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Central Michigan Chippewas are averaging 81.9 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 77.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Larry Austin Jr. is averaging 17.5 points and 5.8 assists while Shawn Roundtree is averaging 16 points and 2.6 rebounds. Kevin McKay is the third double-digit scorer and David DiLeo is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Central Michigan Chippewas are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 64.9 percent from the free throw line. The Central Michigan Chippewas are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Central Michigan Chippewas have won four of their last five road games.

The Akron Zips look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Akron Zips are averaging 70.8 points on 41.9 percent shooting and allowing 63.7 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Daniel Utomi is averaging 14.8 points and six rebounds while Jimond Ivey is averaging 13.6 points and 3.4 assists. Loren Cristian Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Cheese is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Akron Zips are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Akron Zips are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The Akron Zips have won their last four home games.

The Chippewas are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games. The Zips are 4-15 ATS in their last 19 Tuesday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Chippewas are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Akron and 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The over is 26-9-2 in Chippewas last 37 overall. The under is 5-1 in Zips last 6 overall.

The Akron Zips are one of the better defensive teams in the country and should be able to control the pace of this game. The problem is the Central Michigan Chippewas are really explosive offensively and have scored 78 or more points in nine of their last 10 games. The Chippewas have also had great success on the road this season with wins in four of their last five tries. If Central Michigan continues to shoot a hot basketball, Akron is going to have its hands full. I'll take a stab with the points in Central Michigan.

Pick:
Central Michigan +6

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