Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders visit Akron Zips in NCAA Basketball wagering battle
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Akron Zips Odds
The Akron Zips will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at James A. Rhodes Arena on Sunday in NCAA hoops play.
The Zips are 3-2 so far on the season, and 3-0 ATS vs. the number. The Blue Raiders, meanwhile, are 5-1 and 2-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Akron go 1-1 and the Blue Raiders go 0-1 on the totals.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Zips as 3.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Zips at No. 38 and the Blue Raiders at No. 58 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 84-82 result in favor of the Zips.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Akron has the nation's No. 25-rated offensive output, at 79.8 PPG. The visiting Blue Raiders defense ranks No. 35 allowing on average 57.5 PPG. The Zips FG% has averaged 45.4% so far, more than the Blue Raiders marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.2% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Middle Tennessee owns the country's No. 46-rated mark, allowing 60 points per game on the highway. Akron, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.
Last time out for Middle Tennessee, they were a 72-58 winner as they battled Louisiana-Lafayette on the road. They covered in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. James Gallman scored 14 points leading the Blue Raiders to a 72-58 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette at Cajundome on Thursday.
Akron won its last outing, an 85-60 result against Penn State on November 18. They covered in that game as a 4-point favorite. Akron cruised to victory on Sunday, running Penn State out of the gym and running up an 85-60 score at Coliseo do Puerto Rico.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing UAB are 3-1
After playing Louisiana-Lafayette are 6-4
After a win are 7-3
Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Creighton are 2-0
After a win are 6-4
A few Blue Raiders at Zips trends to consider:
Middle Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Akron is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
Akron is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
Middle Tennessee home to UAB, Wednesday, December 5
Akron at Creighton, Sunday, December 9