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College baskeball point spread favors Zips in battle with Nittany Lions

Akron ZipsPenn State Nittany Lions
Nov 18, 1:30 PM | Coliseo do Puerto Rico

Akron Zips vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds

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The Penn State Nittany Lions will try to cover the spread at Coliseo do Puerto Rico on Sunday when they get a visit from the Akron Zips in NCAA basketball action.

Coliseo do Puerto Rico is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.

The Nittany Lions bring a 2-1 record (1-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 2-2 Zips, who are 2-0 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Penn State go 0-1 so far and the Zips go 0-1.

View Akron vs Penn State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Nittany Lions as 3-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Nittany Lions at No. 256 and the Zips at No. 42 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 79-63 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 Penn State has the nation's No. 306-rated offensive output, at 58.3 PPG. The visiting Zips defense ranks No. 166 allowing on average 64.8 PPG. The Nittany Lions FG% has averaged 35% so far, less than the Zips marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.3% per game.

Defensively, Akron features the nation's No. 212-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.5 points per game. Penn State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 276 nationally in scoring at home.

Akron was an 82-63 winner in their most recent outing at home against UNC Asheville. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites. UNC Asheville suffered an 82-63 loss against Akron on Friday, getting 22 points from Keith Hornsby in a losing effort at Coliseo do Puerto Rico.

Penn State was a 55-52 winner in its last match on the road against Providence. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Tim Frazier scored 19 points leading the Nittany Lions to a 55-52 victory over Providence at Coliseo do Puerto Rico on Friday.

Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Middle Tennessee are 0-1
After a win are 6-4

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Bucknell are 4-6
After playing Providence are 1-0
After a win are 3-7

A few Zips at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Penn State is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
Akron home to Middle Tennessee, Sunday, December 2
Penn State home to Bucknell, Friday, November 23