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Central Michigan Chippewas battle vs Akron Zips highlights college basketball odds menu

Akron ZipsCentral Michigan Chippewas
12-6January 25, 2014, 07:00 | McGuirk Arena7-9

Akron pays a visit to Central Michigan on Saturday, hoping to send the Chippewas to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at McGuirk Arena.

This season, the Chippewas are 7-10 overall and 4-8-2 ATS, while the Zips are 12-6 and 5-9 ATS. As for the totals, Central Michigan boasts a 7-7 on the OU, and Akron is 6-8.

View Akron Zips vs Central Michigan Chippewas Odds and Stats.

Central Michigan opened as 5.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 160-rated Akron taking on the No. 225-rated Chippewas in this contest.

Akron was a 78-68 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Eastern Michigan. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Jake Kretzer scored 25 points for Akron on Wednesday, leading the Zips to a 78-68 win over Eastern Michigan at EMU Convocation Center.

Last time out for Central Michigan, they were an 86-80 loser as they battled Miami (Ohio) on the road. They covered in the match as a 7-point underdog. Chris Fowler scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Chippewas to a win (they lost 86-80 to Miami (Ohio) at Millett Hall on Wednesday).

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Central Michigan has the nation's No. 90-rated offensive output, at 74.71 PPG. The visiting Zips defense ranks No. 113 allowing on average 68.72 PPG. The Chippewas FG% has averaged 44.57% so far, more than the Zips marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.96% per game.

A few Zips at Chippewas trends to consider:
Akron is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Akron is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Akron is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Akron is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Central Michigan is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Central Michigan is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Central Michigan is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Akron
Central Michigan is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Akron

Next up:
Akron home to Ball State, Wednesday, January 29th
Central Michigan at Ohio, Wednesday, January 29th