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Kent State at Akron 2/17/17 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Posted on 15 February 2017 by Thomas
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Kent St. Golden Flashes vs. Akron Zips

NCAAB: 7:00 PM EST

Feb. 17, 2017

TV: ESPNU
Latest Odds : AKR -8.5 Total 147.5


The Akron Zips (22 - 4, 12 - 1 CONF) are heading home to the James A. Rhodes Arena to host the incoming Kent State Golden Flashes (14 - 12, 6 - 7 CONF). Kent State comes into this game having lost two of their past three contests. Akron has been faring better of late as the Zips have scored three straight victories. Akron will be heavily favored in what should be considered a cupcake match up for the best team in the Mid-American Conference.

Akron takes to the floor with an offense that is scoring 79 PPG while shooting 48% as a team. Akron is paced on offense by the play of Isaiah Johnson (17 PPG, 63% shooting) and he should be geared up for a huge night. Akron is holding opposing teams to just 71 PPG on the defensive side of the ball. Akron is at a size disadvantage but they more than make up for that with efficiency.

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Kent State will try to use their rebounding advantage to get ahead early with second chance shots. Kent State is scoring 78 PPG on offense while shooting 43% from the field as a team. Kent State is giving up just 73 PPG on defense this year and that has consistently kept the Golden Flashes in games. Kent State needs to stay disciplined defensively in order to win this game.

Recent Betting Trends:

Golden Flashes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.

Zips are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.

Under is 4-1 in Golden Flashes last 5 games following a ATS loss.

Over is 5-1 in Zips last 6 games following a ATS loss.

Free Betting Pick: Kent State Golden Flashes +8.5

We like Akron to stay undefeated at home with another hard fought MAC win but once again the Zips can't cover at home (3-6 ATS at home). Kent State does just enough on offensive end to get bettors this smooth cover, Final Score Prediction, Akron Zips win but fall short ATS 75-71.

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