MAC foes will clash when the Buffalo Bulls (18-10, 9-6 MAC) meet the Akron Zips (21-7, 11-4 MAC) at Alumni Arena. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
Akron Zips vs. Buffalo Bulls Odds Preview
The last time the Zips played, they were blown out by the Bowling Green Falcons, 78-60. With 35 points on 12-for-26 shooting, Loren Cristian Jackson was the game’s leading scorer. Bowling Green did a terrific job of making free throws (22-27; 81.5 percent). Akron, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 10.2 (better than their season average of 16.5).
The Bulls are hoping for a better outcome after their 80-69 loss to the Ohio Bobcats in their last outing. Jayvon Graves led Buffalo in scoring with 16 points on 6-for-17 shooting. Ohio did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (23-31; 74.2 percent). Buffalo, meanwhile, held the Bobcats to an offensive rebounding percentage of 21.9 (below their season average of 27.5).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Bulls won 77-74. The Bulls played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 42.5 and a fantastic free throw rate of 0.339. For those same stats, the Zips were 18.6 and 0.313, respectively. Despite the loss, Jackson was the game’s leading scorer with 28 points.
The offensive glass could be a major edge for Buffalo in this matchup. The Bulls rank 12th in offensive rebounding percentage (35.8 percent), while Akron ranks 253rd in defensive rebounding percentage (70.7 percent).
Akron vs. Buffalo Free Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Buffalo, ATS Winner – Buffalo, O/U – Under
The Zips rank 45th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while the Bulls rank 164th (4.0).
Akron averages 25.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 44th in the NCAA. Buffalo ranks 133rd in three pointers allowed per game (21.3).
Buffalo ranks first in rebounds per game (42.5) while Akron ranks 212th in rebounds allowed per game (36.6).
The Bulls rank 33rd in steals per game (8.0) while the Zips rank 220th (5.0).
Akron ranks 15th in assists allowed per game (10.0) while Buffalo ranks 167th (13.0).
The Bulls’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.8, up from 3.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Zips have scored an average of 72.0 points per game (3.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.2 points per game (1.3 above their season average).