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Zips visit Marshall Thundering Herd in college basketball clash

Akron ZipsMarshall Thundering Herd
Jan 1, 4:00 PM | Cam Henderson Center

Akron Zips vs Marshall Thundering Herd Odds


Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Sunday when the Marshall Thundering Herd try to run the Zips off the court at Cam Henderson Center in college hoops action.

This season, the Thundering Herd are 9-3 overall and 3-3 ATS ATS, while the Zips are 7-6 and 5-4 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Marshall boasts a 3-3 on the OU, and Akron is 5-4.

View Akron vs Marshall Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Thundering Herd as 8-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Thundering Herd, most recently No. 11 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Zips, who rate No. 53 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 80-78 victory for the Thundering Herd.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Zips rank No. 64 in NCAA Division 1 with 38 per game. That compares with Marshall’s No. 3 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Marshall is college basketball's No. 180-ranked team at 6.2 per game, while the Zips rate No. 161 with 6.4 per game.

Defensively, Akron features the nation's No. 126-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.6 points per game. Marshall, meanwhile, comes in at No. 86 nationally in scoring at home.

Akron was a 76-75 loser in its last match at home against Virginia Commonwealth. They covered the 1.5–point spread as underdogs. The Zips endured a 76-75 loss at the hands of the Rams on Thursday, despite a 21-point effort from Nikola Cvetinovic at James A. Rhodes Arena.

Last time out for Marshall, they were a 79-74 loser as they battled Belmont on the road. DeAndre Kane went off for 25 points and added 7 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Belmont handed Marshall a 79-74 defeat at Curb Event Center.

Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Miami (Ohio) are 5-5
After playing Virginia Commonwealth are 3-0
After a loss are 6-4

Marshall Thundering Herd Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Texas El Paso are 5-2
After playing Belmont are 1-0
After a loss are 6-4

A few Zips at Thundering Herd trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Akron's last 7 games on the road
Akron is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Marshall
Akron is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Marshall is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Marshall is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Marshall is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Akron
Marshall is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Akron

Next up:
Akron at Miami (Ohio), Saturday, January 7
Marshall home to Texas El Paso, Wednesday, January 4