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College baskeball point spread favors Zips in battle with Nittany Lions

Akron ZipsPenn State Nittany Lions
Nov 18, 1:30 PM | Coliseo do Puerto Rico

Akron Zips vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds


The Penn State Nittany Lions will try to cover the spread at Coliseo do Puerto Rico on Sunday when they get a visit from the Akron Zips in NCAA basketball action.

Coliseo do Puerto Rico is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.

The Nittany Lions bring a 2-1 record (1-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 2-2 Zips, who are 2-0 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Penn State go 0-1 so far and the Zips go 0-1.

View Akron vs Penn State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Nittany Lions as 3-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Nittany Lions at No. 256 and the Zips at No. 42 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 79-63 result in favor of the Zips.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Penn State has the nation's No. 306-rated offensive output, at 58.3 PPG. The visiting Zips defense ranks No. 166 allowing on average 64.8 PPG. The Nittany Lions FG% has averaged 35% so far, less than the Zips marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.3% per game.

Defensively, Akron features the nation's No. 212-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.5 points per game. Penn State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 276 nationally in scoring at home.

Akron was an 82-63 winner in their most recent outing at home against UNC Asheville. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites. UNC Asheville suffered an 82-63 loss against Akron on Friday, getting 22 points from Keith Hornsby in a losing effort at Coliseo do Puerto Rico.

Penn State was a 55-52 winner in its last match on the road against Providence. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Tim Frazier scored 19 points leading the Nittany Lions to a 55-52 victory over Providence at Coliseo do Puerto Rico on Friday.

Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Middle Tennessee are 0-1
After a win are 6-4

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Bucknell are 4-6
After playing Providence are 1-0
After a win are 3-7

A few Zips at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Penn State is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
Akron home to Middle Tennessee, Sunday, December 2
Penn State home to Bucknell, Friday, November 23