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Akron ZipsWestern Michigan Broncos
Feb 8, 7:00 PM | University Arena

Akron Zips vs Western Michigan Broncos Odds

16-7TEAM RECORD10-13

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Western Michigan vs Akron battle Wednesday at University Arena as the Broncos look to defend home court and cover the NCAAB point spread.

This season, the Broncos are 10-13 overall and 9-11 ATS ATS, while the Zips are 16-7 and 13-6 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Western Michigan boasts a 11-9 on the OU, and Akron is 10-9.

View Akron vs Western Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 3.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 116 (Broncos) and the No. 27 (Zips) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 78-67 result in favor of the Zips has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Zips is ranked No. 59 in NCAA hoops at 37.1 per game. Contrast that with Western Michigan’s No. 27 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Western Michigan is the No. 222-ranked team in the country at 5.7 per game, while Akron rates No. 144 at 6.5 per game.

Defensively, Akron features the nation's No. 66-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.8 points per game. Western Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 250 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Akron, they were a 77-47 winner as they battled Eastern Michigan at home. They covered in the match as a 14-point favorite. Akron cruised to victory on Saturday, running Eastern Michigan out of the gym and running up a 77-47 score at James A. Rhodes Arena.

Last time out for Western Michigan, they were a 78-73 loser as they battled Kent State on the road. They covered in the match as a 9.5-point underdog. Demetrius Ward scored 21 points and chipped in with 10 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 78-73 against Kent State in college basketball action at Memorial Athletic Center.

Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Northern Illinois are 6-4
After playing Eastern Michigan are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Buffalo are 5-5
After playing Kent State are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

A few Zips at Broncos trends to consider:
Akron is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Akron is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Michigan
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Akron's last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Michigan
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Akron's last 13 games on the road
Western Michigan is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Western Michigan's last 7 games when playing Akron
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Michigan's last 5 games when playing at home against Akron
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Western Michigan's last 7 games

Next up:
Akron home to Northern Illinois, Saturday, February 11
Western Michigan at Buffalo, Saturday, February 11

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