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Akron vs. Ohio - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Ohio at Akron
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
James A. Rhodes Arena
Akron, OH
The Line
Akron Zips -10 -- O/U: 130.5
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The Ohio Bobcats and the Akron Zips meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the James A. Rhodes Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Ohio Bobcats will look to rebound after losing 7 of their last 8 games following a 78-73 loss to Kent State in their last outing. Jason Carter led the Bobcats with 20 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 3 threes while Doug Taylor added 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting. Jason Preston and Teyvion Kirk each had 11 points to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Ohio in the losing effort, with Preston adding a team-high 8 rebounds and 8 assists as well in the defeat. Carter leads Ohio with an average of 16.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while Preston leads the Bobcats in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Ohio is averaging 70.2 points per game on 43.7% shooting from the field, 30.5% from behind the arc and 61.3% from the foul line this season.

The Akron Zips could also use a win after losing 4 of their last 5 games and 5 of their last 7 following a 77-64 loss to Buffalo in their last time out. Tyler Cheese led the Zips with 20 points on 8 of 15 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 6 assists while Loren Cristian Jackson added 12 points and Deng Riak added 11 points and a team-high 8 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Akron in the loss. Jimond Ivey had 4 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Daniel Utomi had 8 points in the losing effort for Akron as well. Utomi leads Akron in scoring with 13.9 points per game while Ivey leads the Zips in rebounding and assists with 6.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Akron is averaging 69.3 points per game on 40.9% shooting from the field, 31.5% from behind the arc and 70.9% from the foul line this season.

Ohio is 6-20-1 ATS in their last 27 road games and 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 conference games. Akron is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss while the under is 10-3 in their last 13 conference games. Ohio is 4-12 ATS in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Akron.

The Bobcats have had some close calls lately, losing 4 of their last 5 games by single digits, so the points are somewhat tempting. However, the Bobcats have had no success in Akron in recent years and the Zips already own a double-digit victory over Ohio on the road this season. This is a game I’m staying away from, but if forced to pick, I’d lay the points with Akron in this one.

Pick:
Akron -10

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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