After receiving byes into the semifinals and waiting for the rest of the conference action to play out, No. 1 Akron and No. 2 Ohio both took care of business Friday to ensure a meeting in the MAC Championship Game. Akron beat No. 4 Kent State 62-59 and Ohio topped No. 3 Western Michigan 74-63.
Akron is 3-2 SU and 4-1 ATS in its last five games against Ohio. This will be the third meeting between these two teams in the championship game in four years; Ohio is 2-0 SU and 1-1 ATS in the previous two meetings.
The Zips sit at 25-6 (13-12-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Bobcats are currently 24-8 (13-15 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Akron is 9-15 OU, and Ohio is 11-10-3 OU.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Zips - Bobcats odds would favor the Zips if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Akron is rated No. 19 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Ohio is at No. 117. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 79-78 win for the Zips.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bobcats is ranked No. 309 in NCAA hoops at 31.2 per game. Contrast that with Akron’s No. 38 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Akron is the No. 73-ranked team in the country at 7.3 per game, while Ohio rates No. 20 at 8.2 per game.
Defensively, Ohio features the nation's No. 199-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.6 points per game. Akron, meanwhile, comes in at No. 72 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Ohio, they were a 74-63 winner as they battled Western Michigan at home. They covered in the match as an 8-point favorite. Ohio got 21 points and 10 assists from D.J. Cooper en route to a 74-63 victory over Western Michigan on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Akron was a 62-59 winner in its last match at home against Kent State. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites. Akron earned a 62-59 victory over Kent State on Friday, getting 18 points from Zeke Marshall at Quicken Loans Arena.