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NCAAB Game Preview - Zips underdogs vs Blue Raiders at Middle Tennessee

Akron ZipsMiddle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Dec 4, 2:00 PM | Murphy Center

Akron Zips vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds


The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Middle Tennessee and Akron on Sunday, with the host Blue Raiders trying to win and cover the NCAAB point spread.

This season, the Blue Raiders are 7-1 overall and 7-0 ATS ATS, while the Zips are 3-3 and 2-3 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Middle Tennessee boasts a 5-1-1 on the OU, and Akron is 2-3.

View Akron vs Middle Tennessee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Blue Raiders as 6.5-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Blue Raiders - Zips odds would favor the Zips if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Middle Tennessee is rated No. 244 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Akron is at No. 13. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 88-76 win for the Blue Raiders.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Middle Tennessee has the nation's No. 27-rated offensive output, at 80.6 PPG. The visiting Zips defense ranks No. 192 allowing on average 67.7 PPG. The Blue Raiders FG% has averaged 54.1% so far, more than the Zips marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.9% per game.

Defensively, Akron features the nation's No. 97-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.7 points per game. Middle Tennessee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 41 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Akron was a 77-56 loser on the road against West Virginia. They failed to cover the 10–point spread as underdogs. Akron was crushed on Monday, getting blown out by West Virginia and falling by a 77-56 score at WVU Colliseum.

Last time out for Middle Tennessee, they were a 77-62 winner as they battled Tennessee State on the road. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. Jimmy Oden scored 14 points leading the Blue Raiders to a 77-62 victory over Tennessee State at Gentry Complex on Thursday.

Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland State are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing UAB are 2-1
After playing Tennessee State are 3-7
After a win are 7-3

A few Zips at Blue Raiders trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Akron's last 5 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Middle Tennessee is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Akron at Cleveland State, Saturday, December 10
Middle Tennessee at UAB, Wednesday, December 7