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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Zips over Bobcats

Ohio BobcatsAkron Zips
18-8February 22, 2014, 06:00 | James A. Rhodes Arena17-9

Akron will look to improve on its 17-9 record on Saturday when they host Ohio in NCAA basketball odds action at James A. Rhodes Arena.

The Zips are 17-9 so far on the season, and 7-15 ATS vs. the number. The Bobcats, meanwhile, are 18-8 and 10-10 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Akron go 9-13 and the Bobcats go 10-8-1 on the totals.

View Ohio Bobcats vs Akron Zips Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Akron sat as -3.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Zips - Bobcats odds would favor the Zips if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Akron is rated No. 49 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Ohio is at No. 73.

Ohio was a 73-63 loser in its last match at home against Western Michigan. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. Ohio suffered a 73-63 loss against Western Michigan on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Nick Kellogg in a losing effort at Ohio University Convocation Center.

Last time out for Akron, they were a 96-90 loser as they battled Buffalo on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point underdog. Akron suffered a 96-90 loss against Buffalo on Wednesday, getting 21 points from Demetrius Treadwell in a losing effort at Alumni Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Akron's No. 188 nationally ranked offense (68.81 points per game) against a Bobcats defense that sits as the No. 70 at 66.88 PPG. The Zips have been averaging 43.46% from the field, less than the Bobcats have managed so far this season (45.33% on average).

A few Bobcats at Zips trends to consider:
Ohio is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Ohio is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio's last 6 games
Ohio is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Akron is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Akron is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Akron's last 7 games
Akron is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Ohio home to Buffalo, Wednesday, February 26th
Akron at Miami (Ohio), Wednesday, February 26th