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College basketball point spread favors Zips in battle with Rockets

Toledo RocketsAkron Zips
14-2January 18, 2014, 11:00 | James A. Rhodes Arena11-5

The Toledo Rockets will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Zips in Akron at James A. Rhodes Arena on Saturday in college basketball action.

The Rockets will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 6-4-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Zips are 4-8 ATS. Toledo is 6-5 against the total, while Akron is 5-7 versus the number.

View Toledo Rockets vs Akron Zips Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Zips in this one found them listed as -1-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Rockets was expected to move the line.

This game puts the Zips, most recently No. 120 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Rockets, who rate No. 68 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Toledo, they were a 67-65 winner as they battled Buffalo at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. Toledo earned a 67-65 victory over Buffalo on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Julius Brown at Savage Arena.

Akron was a 59-52 winner in their most recent outing at home against Miami (Ohio). They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites. Demetrius Treadwell scored 15 points leading the Zips to a 59-52 victory over Miami (Ohio) at James A. Rhodes Arena on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Akron's No. 190-ranked scoring average of 69.69 PPG, against a Rockets defense rated No. 213 and allowing 74.62 PPG. The Zips FG% has averaged 42.79% to date this season, less than the Rockets shooters have managed so far (48.57% per game).

A few Rockets at Zips trends to consider:
Toledo is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games
Toledo is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Toledo is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Akron
Toledo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Akron
Akron is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Akron is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home
Akron is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Toledo
Akron is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toledo

Next up:
Toledo home to Northern Illinois, Wednesday, January 22nd
Akron at Eastern Michigan, Wednesday, January 22nd