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Kent State Golden FlashesAkron Zips
16-14March 07, 2014, 07:00 | James A. Rhodes Arena19-11



College hoops betting interest focuses on the Akron vs Kent State battle Friday at James A. Rhodes Arena as the Zips look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Zips sport a record of 19-11 and 9-17 ATS heading into this battle, while the Golden Flashes have 16-14 and 12-15 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 10-16 for the Zips and 15-12 for the Golden Flashes.

View Kent State Golden Flashes vs Akron Zips Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Kent State before tip-off in this one found them as 7-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Zips sit at No. 89 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Golden Flashes sit at No. 120 on the same chart.

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In their last action, Kent State was a 73-61 loser at home against Miami (Ohio). They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Devareaux Manley scored 12 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Flashes to a win (they lost 73-61 to Miami (Ohio) at Memorial Athletic Center on Tuesday).

Akron won its last outing, an 83-71 result against Buffalo on March 4. They covered in that game as a 2-point favorite. The Zips got a terrific 25-point effort from Quincy Diggs as Akron defeated Buffalo 83-71 on Tuesday at James A. Rhodes Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Akron's No. 196 nationally ranked offense (68 points per game) against a Golden Flashes defense that sits as the No. 107 at 68.63 PPG. The Zips have been averaging 42.84% from the field, less than the Golden Flashes have managed so far this season (43.22% on average).

A few Golden Flashes at Zips trends to consider:
Kent State is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kent State's last 6 games
Kent State is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
Kent State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Akron is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
Akron is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Akron's last 11 games
Akron is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home

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