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College Basketball Matchup - Akron Zips Kent State Golden Flashes Odds Preview

Kent State Golden FlashesAkron Zips
Jan 21, 6:00 PM | James A. Rhodes Arena

Kent State Golden Flashes vs Akron Zips Odds

12-5TEAM RECORD11-7

Akron will look to improve on its 11-7 record on Saturday when they host Kent State in NCAAB odds action at James A. Rhodes Arena.

The Zips sport records of 11-7 and 8-6 ATS heading into this battle, while the Golden Flashes have 12-5 and 5-10 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 6-8 for the Zips and 8-7 for the Golden Flashes.

View Kent State vs Akron Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Akron in this one will find them as 5.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 40 (Zips) and the No. 103 (Golden Flashes) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 75-74 result in favor of the Zips has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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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. 101-rated offensive output, at 72.2 PPG. The visiting Golden Flashes defense ranks No. 116 allowing on average 64.6 PPG. The Zips FG% has averaged 45.8% so far, more than the Golden Flashes marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.4% per game.

Defensively, Kent State features the nation's No. 63-rated defense on the road, allowing 65 points per game. Akron, meanwhile, comes in at No. 32 nationally in scoring at home.

Kent State was an 87-65 loser in its last match on the road against Ohio. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. Kent State was run off the court by the Bobcats on Wednesday as Ohio routed them 87-65 at Ohio University Convocation Center.

In their last action, Akron was an 82-70 loser on the road against Buffalo. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Akron got 17 points from Nikola Cvetinovic but lost anyway, 82-70, to Buffalo on Wednesday at Alumni Arena.

Kent State Golden Flashes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Northern Illinois are 9-1
After playing Ohio are 8-2
After a loss are 8-2

Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Ball State are 8-2
After playing Buffalo are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Golden Flashes at Zips trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kent State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Akron
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kent State's last 7 games on the road
Kent State is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Kent State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Akron
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Akron's last 5 games when playing at home against Kent State
Akron is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home
Akron is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Akron's last 5 games

Next up:
Kent State home to Northern Illinois, Wednesday, January 25
Akron at Ball State, Tuesday, January 24

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