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Akron vs. Central Michigan - 2/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Central Michigan Chippewas (15-9) at Akron Zips (10-13)
Date & Time Saturday February 10, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Akron Zips +1.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN3
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NCAA BB | Central Michigan Chippewas (15-9) at Akron Zips (10-13)
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The Central Michigan Chippewas and Akron Zips meet Saturday in college basketball action at the James A. Rhodes Arena.

The Central Michigan Chippewas need a win after splitting their last six games. The Central Michigan Chippewas are averaging 78.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 71.7 points on 43 percent shooting. Shawn Roundtree is averaging 15.2 points and four assists while Cecil Williams is averaging 15.2 points and 6.6 rebounds. David DiLeo is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin McKay is grabbing six rebounds. The Central Michigan Chippewas are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 81 percent from the free throw line. The Central Michigan Chippewas are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.6 rebounds per game. The Central Michigan Chippewas have split their last six road games.

The Akron Zips need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Akron Zips are averaging 72.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 76 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Daniel Utomi is averaging 15.4 points and 5.9 rebounds while Malcolm Duvivier is averaging 14.3 points and 3.3 assists. Jimond Ivey is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Parrish is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Akron Zips are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.9 percent from the free throw line. The Akron Zips are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The Akron Zips have won five of their last seven home games.

The Chippewas are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss. The Zips are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Mid-American. The Chippewas are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Akron, 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the favorite is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

Akron has won nine of the last 10 meetings against Central Michigan, and the Zips have played their best ball by far at home this season. The Central Michigan Chippewas have struggled big time defensively on the road this season and comes into this game allowing 48.9 percent shooting in its last five contests overall. This is a more than winnable game for the Akron Zips to snap their losing skid. I'll take a shot with the free bucket here.

Pick:
Akron Zips +1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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