MAC Tournament - College Basketball Matchup - Akron Zips Kent State Golden Flashes Odds Preview
Kent State Golden Flashes vs Akron Zips Odds
The Akron Zips hope to be lousy hosts on Friday as the Kent State Golden Flashes pay a visit to Quicken Loans Arena on the college basketball betting menu.
This game is part of the MAC Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. The game is being played at Quicken Loans Arena, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
The Zips sport records of 24-6 and 13-11-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Golden Flashes have 20-12 and 15-10-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 9-14 for the Zips and 14-12 for the Golden Flashes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 111-rated Kent State taking on the No. 19-rated Zips in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 80-73 win for the Zips on Friday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Akron has the nation's No. 49-rated offensive output, at 73.3 PPG. The visiting Golden Flashes defense ranks No. 207 allowing on average 67.7 PPG. The Zips FG% has averaged 45.7% so far, more than the Golden Flashes marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.8% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Kent State owns the country's No. 97-rated mark, allowing 66.3 points per game on the highway. Akron, on the other hand, rates No. 61 in scoring at home.
Kent State was a 70-68 winner in its last match at home against Buffalo. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. Chris Evans scored 25 points and helped out with 15 rebounds for Kent State on Thursday, leading the Golden Flashes to a 70-68 victory over Buffalo at Quicken Loans Arena.
Last time out for Akron, they were a 68-64 loser as they battled Kent State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 9-point favorite. The Zips endured a 68-64 loss at the hands of the Golden Flashes on Friday, despite a 14-point effort from Zeke Marshall at James A. Rhodes Arena.