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Buffalo vs. Akron - 2/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Akron at Buffalo
Date & Time Tuesday February 26, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Alumni Arena
Buffalo, NY
The Line
Akron Zips +13 -- Over/Under: 145.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Akron Zips will travel to Alumni Arena to take on the 21st ranked Buffalo Bulls this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Akron Zips snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 15-12 (7-7 MAC) on the season after defeating the Miami (OH) RedHawks, 70-58, this past Saturday. Akron was outstanding defensively against the RedHawks and had no trouble securing the victory after a 7-0 Zips run gave Akron a 57-42 lead with 7:59 left in regulation. Akron shot 47.1% from the field while holding Miami (OH) to just 32.8% shooting from the field and 18.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Zips was Tyler Cheese who had 27 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and 3 steals.

On the season, Akron is averaging 69.5 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Zips are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Akron has been led by Daniel Utomi (14.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.4 apg), Loren Cristian Jackson (13.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Jimond Ivey (12.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 spg), and Tyler Cheese (11.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Akron is holding their opponents to an average of 62.6 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Zips have a rebound margin of -2.0 and a turnover margin of 2.4.

The 21st ranked Buffalo Bulls won their 5th straight game and improved to 24-3 (12-2 MAC) on the season after defeating the Kent State Golden Flashes, 80-57, this past Friday. Buffalo was solid defensively against the Golden Flashes and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 60-41 lead with 10:53 left in regulation. Buffalo held Kent State to just 15.4% shooting from beyond the arc and won the turnover battle by a 24-10 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulls was Nick Perkins who had 27 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 steals in 26 minutes from off the bench.

On the season, Buffalo is averaging 85.7 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Bulls are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Buffalo has been led by CJ Massinburg (18.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.4 spg), Nick Perkins (14.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg), Jeremy Harris (13.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 spg), and Davonta Jordan (6.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.5 spg).

Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to average 70.9 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Bulls have a rebound margin of 3.7 and a turnover margin of 4.0.

The Zips are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. The Bulls are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games and 21-10-1 ATS in their last 32 games overall.

Akron has split their last 10 games and although their offense can struggle to put up points as they rank just 270th in scoring offense, the Zips have a solid defense that come into this game ranking 15th in scoring defense and 20th in defensive FG%.

Buffalo has won 8 of their last 10 games and currently rank 4th in scoring offense, 67th in FG%, and T-161st in scoring defense.

Buffalo continues to pile up wins and have an impressive 12-0 record at home this season, however, Akron is a team that Buffalo shouldn’t overlook as they have a solid defense and can knock down three-pointers as they rank 65th in three-pointers made per game. Akron has lost 4 of their last 6 games, however, they were competitive in road losses at Toledo, Ball State, and Bowling Green and as they were able to cover against the Bulls in a 76-70 loss earlier this season, I think the Zips defense will do enough to keep Akron within this large number. Take Akron and the points. Good Luck!

Pick:
Akron Zips +13

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