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Buffalo Bulls host Akron Zips in college basketball action

Akron ZipsBuffalo Bulls
March 2, 6:00 PM | Alumni Arena

Akron Zips vs Buffalo Bulls Odds

23-4TEAM RECORD11-17

The Buffalo Bulls hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Akron Zips pay a visit to Alumni Arena on the college basketball betting menu.

The Bulls sit at 11-17 (10-16 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Zips are currently 23-4 (13-8-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Buffalo is 12-9-1 OU, and Akron is 8-12 OU.

View Akron vs Buffalo Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Bulls installed as 6.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Bulls, most recently No. 175 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Zips, who rate No. 19 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 79-66 victory for the Zips.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Zips is ranked No. 42 in NCAA hoops at 37.9 per game. Contrast that with Buffalo’s No. 130 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Buffalo is the No. 165-ranked team in the country at 6.2 per game, while Akron rates No. 58 at 7.5 per game.

Defensively, Akron features the nation's No. 81-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.3 points per game. Buffalo, meanwhile, comes in at No. 257 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Akron was an 88-81 winner on the road against Ohio. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Akron earned an 88-81 victory over Ohio on Wednesday, getting 21 points from Demetrius Treadwell at Ohio University Convocation Center.

Last time out for Buffalo, they were an 83-81 loser as they battled Kent State on the road. They covered in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. The Bulls got a huge 32-point effort from Javon McCrea but still lost 83-81 against Kent State on Wednesday at Memorial Athletic Center.

Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Miami (Ohio) are 7-3
After playing Ohio are 2-8
After a win are 10-0

Buffalo Bulls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Ohio are 4-6
After playing Kent State are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Zips at Bulls trends to consider:
Akron is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Akron's last 8 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
Akron is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
Buffalo is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo's last 8 games when playing at home against Akron
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo's last 7 games when playing Akron
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Buffalo's last 12 games

Next up:
Akron home to Miami (Ohio), Tuesday, March 5
Buffalo home to Ohio, Tuesday, March 5