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Toledo vs. Akron - 2/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Akron at Toledo
Date & Time Tuesday February 5, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Savage Arena
Toledo, OH
The Line
Toledo Rockets -7 -- Over/Under: 132
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Akron at Toledo
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The Akron Zips will travel to Savage Arena to take on the Toledo Rockets this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Akron Zips won their 3rd straight game and improved to 13-8 (5-3 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ohio Bobcats, 65-53, this past Saturday. Akron was outstanding on the defensive end against the Bobcats and had no trouble pulling away after an 18-2 Zips run gave Akron a 58-32 lead midway through the 2nd half. Akron held Ohio to just 37.7% from the field and outrebounded the Bobcats by a 41-32 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Zips was Jimond Ivey who had 21 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks.

On the season, Akron is averaging 70.8 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Zips are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 31.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Akron has been led by Daniel Utomi (14.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.4 apg), Jimond Ivey (13.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Loren Cristian Jackson (13.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.1 spg), and Tyler Cheese (9.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Akron is holding their opponents to an average of 62.3 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Zips have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of 2.6.

The Toledo Rockets won their 3rd consecutive game and improved to 18-4 (6-3 MAC) on the season after defeating the Northern Illinois Huskies, 69-55, this past Saturday. Toledo has no trouble containing the Northern Illinois offense on their home court and pulled away after a 13-0 Rockets run gave Toledo a 65-48 lead with just 3:27 let in regulation. Toledo held Northern Illinois to just 35.5% shooting from the field and 22.2% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rockets was Marreon Jackson who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.

On the season, Toledo is averaging 79.5 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Rockets are averaging 10.0 three-pointers per game on 37.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Toledo has been led by Jaelan Sanford (16.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.1 apg), Nate Navigato (12.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg), Luke Knapke (11.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.2 bpg), and Marreon Jackson (11.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Toledo is allowing their opponents to an average of 68.3 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field. The Rockets have a rebound margin of 5.6 and a turnover margin of -0.7.

The Zips are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 Tuesday games and just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.

Akron has won 4 of their last 5 games and has been led by their defense which ranks 14th in scoring defense and 39th in defensive FG%. The Zips don’t put a huge amount of points on the board as they rank just 247th in scoring offense, however, they are a dangerous three-point shooting team as they currently rank 48th in three-pointers made per game.

Toledo has won 6 of their last 7 games and has been solid on both ends of the court this season. The Rockets rank 48th in scoring offense, 47th in defensive FG%, and 33rd in rebound margin.

Toledo has won 6 of their last 7 matchups against the Zips, including a 21-point victory on the road last season and as I think the Rockets defense will be able to limit the damage Akron can do from beyond the arc, I think the Rockets improve on their current 10-1 home record and do enough to cover this mid-range spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Toledo Rockets -7

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