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NCAA hoops odds preview - Kent State vs. Akron

Kent State Golden FlashesAkron Zips
March 9, 7:00 PM | Quicken Loans Arena

Kent State Golden Flashes vs Akron Zips Odds

21-10TEAM RECORD21-10

The visiting Golden Flashes hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at Quicken Loans Arena against the Akron Zips.

It's a game in the MAC Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. The game is being played at Quicken Loans Arena, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Zips currently sports a 21-10 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 17-10 ATS. The Golden Flashes are 21-10 and 11-18 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Zips produce a 14-13 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Golden Flashes have gone 15-14 against the number.

View Kent State vs Akron Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 39-ranked Zips and the No. 122-rated Golden Flashes in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 75-74 win for the Zips on Friday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Akron's No. 71-ranked scoring average of 72.3 PPG, against a Golden Flashes defense rated No. 123 and allowing 65.4 PPG. The Zips FG% has averaged 46.3% to date this season, more than the Golden Flashes shooters have managed so far (45.1% per game).

Defensively, Kent State features the nation's No. 75-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.7 points per game. Akron, meanwhile, comes in at No. 23 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Kent State, they were a 76-72 winner as they battled Western Michigan at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 5-point favorite. The Golden Flashes got 23 points from Justin Greene as Kent State ran past Western Michigan 76-72 on Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Akron was a 61-55 winner in its last match on the road against Kent State. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Zeke Marshall scored 12 points leading the Zips to a 61-55 victory over Kent State at Memorial Athletic Center on Friday.