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NCAA hoops odds preview - Akron vs. Cleveland State

Akron ZipsCleveland State Vikings
1-2December 07, 2013, 02:00 | Wolstein Center4-4

The Cleveland State Vikings will be trying to slam the Akron Zips on Saturday when the teams tip off at Wolstein Center in college betting action.

The Vikings bring a 4-4 record (5-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 1-2 Zips, who are 0-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Cleveland State go 3-3 so far and the Zips go 2-0.

View Akron Zips vs Cleveland State Vikings Odds and Stats.

The Zips were listed as 4.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The Vikings sit at No. 130 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Zips sit at No. 176 on the same chart.

Last time out for Akron, they were an 80-73 loser as they battled Middle Tennessee on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point underdog. Akron got 25 points from Quincy Diggs on the way to an 80-73 loss against Middle Tennessee on Saturday at Murphy Center.

Cleveland State was an 85-82 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Drexel. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. Jon Harris went off for 27 points and added 6 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Drexel handed Cleveland State an 85-82 defeat at John A. Daskalakis Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland State's No. 105-ranked offense, averaging 76.88 PPG, against a Zips defense that ranks No. 211 at 76 PPG. The Vikings field goal percentage has averaged 44.2% so far, more than the Zips marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.2% per game.

A few Zips at Vikings trends to consider:
Akron is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
Akron is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Akron is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Akron is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Cleveland State
Cleveland State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Cleveland State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Akron

Next up:
Akron home to Bethune-Cookman, Saturday, December 14th
Cleveland State at Western Carolina, Monday, December 16th