Akron Zips at Western Michigan Broncos
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM (University Arena)
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The Akron Zips and the Western Michigan Broncos meet in college basketball MAC-tion from WMU University Arena on Tuesday night.
The Akron Zips will try to keep pace atop the MAC East division, sitting at 9-3 in conference play with their current three-game winning streak after an 80-67 win over Central Michigan last time out. Loren Cristian Jackson leads the Zips with 19.4 points and 4.7 assists per game while Tyler Cheese is 2nd in scoring with 15.8 points per game and Xeyrius Williams is close behind in 3rd with 14 points and a team-high 9.5 rebounds per game. Channel Banks is also averaging 10.9 points per game for Akron this season. As a team, Akron is averaging 76.1 points on 44.8% shooting from the field, 37.9% from behind the 3-point line and 77.7% from the foul line while allowing opponents to average 65.4 points on 40% shooting from the field and 30.2% from behind the 3-point line this season. Akron is 6-3 straight up and 8-1 against the spread on the road this season.
The Western Michigan Broncos will be out to climb some ranks in the MAC West after sitting at 4-8 with a 69-51 loss to Eastern Michigan last time out. Michael Flowers leads Western Michigan in scoring and assists with 17.1 points and 3.2 assists per game while Brandon Johnson is WMU’s only other double-digit scorer with 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Western Michigan is averaging 70 points on 42.5% shooting from the field, 32.6% from behind the 3-point line and 71.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72.5 points on 43.7% shooting from the field and 32.5% from 3-point land this season. Western Michigan is 8-3 straight up and 5-3-1 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and the favorite is 18-8 ATS in the last 26 meetings between these two teams.
The points with the Broncos at home are tempting given WMU’s form at home this season, but the problem is that the Broncos have also fallen off lately against worse, which isn’t the momentum you want to be riding into a game against Akron, even at home. The Zips have been solid away from home, going 5-1 on the road in conference play with 4 of those wins coming by double-digits and an average margin of victory of 16.6 points per game. The bottom line is that the majority of those double-digit wins came against lesser teams in the conference, a group that you can definitely lump Western Michigan into, so I’ll lay the points with Akron as I see this being a double-digit Zips victory.