Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Zips versus the RedHawks? Tip off is at at 1:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Millett Hall in Oxford, OH. Akron is favored by -7 in this Mid-American conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 142.5 points.

AKRON ZIPS VS MIAMI (OH) REDHAWKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Miami (OH) RedHawks +7

This game will be played at Millett Hall at 1:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.

WHY BET THE MIAMI (OH) REDHAWKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the RedHawks.
  • Not only will Miami (OH) pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +7.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Is a Road Win Possible for the Zips?

After winning their last game against Ohio, the Akron Zips are now 15-4 overall and 7-0 in the Mid-American Conference. They have a seven-game winning streak and have won all 11 games in which they have been favored. On the road, they are 6-3 this season, and their average scoring margin is +2.4 points per game.

So far, the Zips have been on a roll at home, going 7-1 and winning their last six games. However, their record on the road is still strong, as they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games away from home.

Against the spread, Akron has gone 10-7 this season. On the road, they have an ATS mark of 5-4. As the favorite, the Zips have a record of 6-5 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Akron has gone 5-5.

On the season, the over/under record for Akron games is 8-9 and the average scoring total in their games is 141.8 points. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 138 points.

In their recent matchup, the Akron offense ended with 67 points against Ohio. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 41.9% and made 8 threes. The top scorer for the Zips was Enrique Freeman with 19 points, while Greg Tribble also added 10 to the scoreboard.

Akron’s defense has been playing well, ranking 39th nationally, with 65.5 points allowed per game. Akron’s three-point defense is currently 74th in the country at 6.2 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.3% of their shots vs. Akron.

Can the RedHawks Hold Strong at Home?

After a two-game losing streak, Miami (OH) will look to get back on track as a 7-point underdog at home against Akron. The RedHawks have gone 4-3 at home this season compared to 2-7 on the road, and they have an average scoring margin of +4.9 points per game at home.

Overall, Miami (OH) has gone 9-10 this season, including a 2-4 mark in Mid-American Conference games. For the year, the RedHawks have been the underdog in 10 of their 19 games, going 3-7 in those contests.

As the underdog this season, Miami (OH) has gone 6-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the RedHawks have an ATS mark of 7-3. At home, Miami (OH) is 4-3 ATS this year and 5-3 ATS over their last 10 home games.

In Miami (OH) games this year, the over/under record is 9-6-1. Today’s line of 142.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (143.7). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 147 points.

In contrast to their season average of 74.1 points per game, the Miami (OH) had a below average performance. They scored 55 points against Central Michigan and had a field goal percentage of 38.2%. The team’s top scorer is Darweshi Hunter, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 12.6, while Ryan Mabrey also carries a PPG average of 8.9 into the game.

On defense, Miami (OH) is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 71.5 points per game. Against Central Michigan in their most recent game, the Miami (OH) defense gave up a total of 71 points while allowing Central Michigan to hit 42% of their shots.