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Cleveland State Vikings face Akron Zips: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Cleveland State VikingsAkron Zips
Dec 23, 2:00 PM | James A. Rhodes Arena

Cleveland State Vikings vs Akron Zips Odds

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James A. Rhodes Arena will host Akron Zips vs. Cleveland State Vikings action on Sunday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Zips sit at 5-4 (4-2 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Vikings are currently 7-4 (4-4 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Akron is 3-2 OU, and Cleveland State is 3-1-1 OU.

View Cleveland State vs Akron Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Akron in this one found them as 12-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Zips rated this week at No. 81 and the Vikings sitting at No. 275. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 81-70 result in favor of the Zips.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Akron has the nation's No. 44-rated offensive output, at 76.8 PPG. The visiting Vikings defense ranks No. 241 allowing on average 69.4 PPG. The Zips FG% has averaged 46.2% so far, more than the Vikings marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.9% per game.

Defensively, Cleveland State features the nation's No. 266-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.6 points per game. Akron, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 nationally in scoring at home.

Cleveland State was a 77-66 winner in their most recent outing at home against Notre Dame (OH). Cleveland State got 19 points from Marlin Mason en route to a 77-66 victory over Notre Dame (OH) on Wednesday at Wolstein Center.

In their last action, Akron was a 76-46 winner at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Akron cruised to victory on Tuesday, running Arkansas-Pine Bluff out of the gym and running up a 76-46 score at James A. Rhodes Arena.

Cleveland State Vikings Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Rio Grande are 1-0
After playing Notre Dame (OH) are 0-2
After a win are 5-5

Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
After playing Arkansas-Pine Bluff are 3-0
After a win are 5-5

A few Vikings at Zips trends to consider:
Cleveland State is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Akron
Cleveland State is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Cleveland State is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Akron is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home
Akron is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Akron is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Cleveland State
Akron is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland State

Next up:
Cleveland State home to Rio Grande, Friday, December 28
Akron home to Texas Southern, Thursday, December 27