Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Zips and Eagles. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Eagles at George Gervin GameAbove Center in Ypsilanti, MI. Get ready to place your bets! Akron come into this Mid-American conference matchup as the -10.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 136.5 points.

AKRON ZIPS VS EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Eastern Michigan Eagles +10.5

This game will be played at George Gervin GameAbove Center at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 30th.

WHY BET THE EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Eagles.
  • Not only will Eastern Michigan pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +10.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Taking a Look at the Zips Chances on the Road

Coming off a narrow 70-68 loss to Miami (OH), Akron will look to get back on track as a 10.5-point favorite against Eastern Michigan. The Zips have been the favorite in 12 of their 20 games this season, going 11-1 in those contests.

So far this year, Akron has gone 7-1 in Mid-American Conference play and 15-5 overall. On the road, the Zips are 6-4, and their average scoring margin away from home is +2.0 points per game. Over their last 10 road games, Akron has gone 6-4.

As the favorite this season, Akron has gone 6-6 vs. the spread, and their overall ATS record is 10-8. Over their last three road games, the Zips are 1-2 vs. the spread, and their road ATS mark for the year is 5-5.

The over/under record for Akron games this season is 8-10 and today’s line of 136.5 is lower than their season average of 141.8. So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 136 points and their OU record during this stretch is 1-2. On the year, their OU record in their last 10 games is 4-6.

In contrast to their season average of 76.2 points per game, the Akron had a below average performance. They scored 68 points against Miami (OH) and had a field goal percentage of 37.3%. Ali Ali led the team in scoring, putting up 23 points. Additionally, Enrique Freeman contributed 18 points for the Zips.

This season, the Akron defense has been impressive, holding the 43rd position in the country while permitting an average of 65.8 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.2 threes per game vs. Eastern Michigan. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 30.8%.

Can Eastern Michigan Deliver Being Underdogs at Home?

Eastern Michigan is 5-3 at home this season, and they have gone 7-3 in their last ten games at home. They are coming off a 75-65 win over Buffalo, and they have gone 3-2 in their last five games at home.

So far this season, the Eagles are 4-9 when they are the underdog, and they are 9-11 overall. They are 2-6 in Mid-American Conference play and 7-5 in non-conference action.

Eastern Michigan has been slightly below .500 vs. the spread this season, going 8-9-1. As the underdog, they have a 7-6 record vs. the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 4-4, and they are 1-2 vs. the spread in their last 3 home games.

This season, the over/under record for Eastern Michigan games is 8-9-1, and today’s line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (144.1). So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2, and the average scoring total in those games is 140 points.

Eastern Michigan recently showcased a strong offensive performance, scoring 75 points against Buffalo. This output exceeded their season average of 67.3 points per game. The team’s top scorer is Tyson Acuff, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 21.6, while Arne Osojnik also maintains a PPG average of 7.7 leading up to the game.

So far, the Eagles’ defense is ranked 221st in the country at 74.4 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Eastern Michigan’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 43.2% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.1% this season.