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RedHawks open as college hoops underdog vs Zips

Miami (Ohio) RedHawksAkron Zips
5-8January 15, 2014, 07:00 | James A. Rhodes Arena10-5

A key college battle sees the visiting Miami (Ohio) RedHawks travelling to Akron Wednesday to take on the Zips.

The Zips are 10-5 so far on the season, and 4-7 ATS vs. the number. The RedHawks, meanwhile, are 5-8 and 7-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Akron go 5-6 and the RedHawks go 6-5 on the totals.

View Miami (Ohio) RedHawks vs Akron Zips Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Zips in this one found them listed as -11.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Wednesday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the RedHawks was expected to move the line.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 120-ranked Zips and the No. 228-rated RedHawks in this matchup.

Miami (Ohio) was a 78-77 loser in their most recent outing at home against Western Michigan. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Miami (Ohio) suffered a 78-77 loss against Western Michigan on Saturday, getting 24 points from Bill Edwards in a losing effort at Millett Hall.

Akron won its last outing, an 83-80 result against Ohio on January 12. They covered in that game as a 5-point underdog. Quincy Diggs scored 20 points leading the Zips to an 83-80 victory over Ohio at Ohio University Convocation Center on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Akron's No. 180-ranked offense, averaging 70.4 PPG, against a RedHawks defense that ranks No. 186 at 72.77 PPG. The Zips field goal percentage has averaged 42.74% so far, less than the RedHawks marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.88% per game.

A few RedHawks at Zips trends to consider:
Miami (Ohio) is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Miami (Ohio) is 6-18 SU in its last 24 games
Miami (Ohio) is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Miami (Ohio) is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Akron
Akron is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Akron is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home
Akron is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Miami (Ohio)
Akron is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami (Ohio)

Next up:
Miami (Ohio) at Ball State, Saturday, January 18th
Akron at Toledo, Saturday, January 18th