Western Michigan Broncos visit Akron Zips in NCAA Basketball wagering battle
Western Michigan Broncos vs Akron Zips Odds
Akron looks to cover the Zips-Broncos pointspread on Wednesday and improve its overall 9-4 mark when they host Western Michigan in college basketball wagering action.
The Zips are 9-4 so far on the season, and 5-3 ATS vs. the number. The Broncos, meanwhile, are 8-5 and 5-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Akron go 3-3 and the Broncos go 3-2 on the totals.
Bettors looking to go with the Zips in this one found them listed as 14-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Broncos was expected to move the line.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 55-rated Zips and the No. 79-ranked Broncos, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 82-71 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. 33-rated offensive output, at 78 PPG. The visiting Broncos defense ranks No. 154 allowing on average 65.1 PPG. The Zips FG% has averaged 47.5% so far, more than the Broncos marksmen have achieved on the year, 42% per game.
Defensively, Western Michigan features the nation's No. 176-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.5 points per game. Akron, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Western Michigan was an 84-68 loser on the road against North Carolina State. They covered the 18.5-point spread as underdogs. Western Michigan suffered an 84-68 loss against North Carolina State on Saturday, getting 16 points from Nate Hutcheson in a losing effort at PNC Arena.
In their last action, Akron was a 91-63 winner at home against Coppin State. The battle between the Zips and Eagles didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Coppin State was handed a 91-63 defeat on Wednesday at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Ohio are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4
Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Northern Illinois are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
A few Broncos at Zips trends to consider:
Western Michigan is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Western Michigan is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Akron
Western Michigan is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Akron
Akron is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Akron is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Akron is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Western Michigan
Akron is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Western Michigan
Western Michigan home to Ohio, Saturday, January 12
Akron at Northern Illinois, Saturday, January 12