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Marshall Thundering Herd vs Zips College Hoops Game Preview

Marshall Thundering HerdAkron Zips
5-7January 02, 2014, 07:00 | James A. Rhodes Arena7-5



The Akron Zips hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Marshall Thundering Herd pay a visit to James A. Rhodes Arena on the college basketball betting menu.

Supporters of the Thundering Herd have watched them go 5-7 and 3-4 ATS on the year, while the Zips are at 7-5 and 3-5 ATS. In totals betting, the Zips are 3-5, while the Thundering Herd have a 4-3 mark.

View Marshall Thundering Herd vs Akron Zips Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Marshall before tip-off in this one found them as 10.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Zips sit at No. 224 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Thundering Herd sit at No. 142 on the same chart.

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In their last action, Marshall was a 92-65 loser on the road against South Carolina. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Marshall was run off the court by the Gamecocks on Monday as South Carolina routed them 92-65 at Colonial Life Arena.

Akron was a 77-66 winner in its last match at home against Coppin State. Reggie McAdams scored 16 points leading the Zips to a 77-66 victory over Coppin State at James A. Rhodes Arena on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Akron's No. 190 nationally ranked offense (70.17 points per game) against a Thundering Herd defense that sits as the No. 241 at 78.69 PPG. The Zips have been averaging 43.49% from the field, less than the Thundering Herd have managed so far this season (47.11% on average).

A few Thundering Herd at Zips trends to consider:
Marshall is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Marshall is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Marshall is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Akron
Marshall is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Akron
Akron is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
Akron is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home
Akron is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Marshall
Akron is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Marshall


Next up:
Marshall home to Presbyterian, Sunday, January 5th
Akron at Ball State, Wednesday, January 8th

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