Akron favored by 8.5 against Princeton on Sunday
Princeton Tigers vs Akron Zips Odds
Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on James A. Rhodes Arena Sunday as host Akron looks to handle the Princeton Tigers in NCAA hoops action.
Supporters of the Tigers have watched them go 5-6 and 3-5 ATS on the year, while the Zips are at 7-4 and 5-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Zips are 3-2, while the Tigers have a 0-4 mark.
The visitors opened as 8.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 37-ranked Zips and the No. 249-rated Tigers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 78-68 win for the Zips on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Akron's No. 28 nationally ranked offense (78.3 points per game) against a Tigers defense that sits as the No. 37 at 58.3 PPG. The Zips have been averaging 47.3% from the field, more than the Tigers have managed so far this season (44.6% on average).
Defensively, Princeton features the nation's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 56.7 points per game. Akron, meanwhile, comes in at No. 21 nationally in scoring at home.
Princeton won its last outing, a 79-67 result against Bucknell on December 22. The Tigers grabbed a 79-67 win over the Bison on Saturday, behind a 17-point effort from Ian Hummer at Jadwin Gymnasium.
Akron won its last outing, an 83-68 result against Texas Southern on December 27. Akron earned an 83-68 victory over Texas Southern on Thursday, getting 21 points from Zeke Marshall at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Princeton Tigers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Elon are 1-0
After playing Bucknell are 3-4
After a win are 5-5
Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
After a win are 5-5
A few Tigers at Zips trends to consider:
Akron is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Akron is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Princeton at Elon, Saturday, January 5
Akron home to Coppin State, Wednesday, January 2