The battle between the Tulane Green Wave (8-2) and the Akron Zips (8-2) will take place at Entertainment & Sports Arena. Action gets underway at 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday, December 20, 2019.
Akron Zips vs. Tulane Green Wave ATS Preview
The Zips had no trouble getting past the Concord Mountain Lions in their last matchup, 100-50. With 12 points and 12 rebounds, Akron’s Xeyrius Williams played well. Akron played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinary effective field goal percentage of 0.639 (above their season average of 0.494) and a free throw rate of 0.361 (above their season average of 0.284). Concord had marks of 0.264 and 0.186, respectively, for those same stats.
The last time the Green Wave were in action, they topped the Alcorn State Braves, 68-57. With 15 points on 5-for-15 shooting, Teshaun Hightower was Tulane’s high scorer. Tulane dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.242 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 11.3 (better than their season average of 16.8). Alcorn State was 0.058 and 26.1, respectively, for those same stats.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Akron should have a substantial edge. The Zips defense ranks 24th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.397), while the Tulane offense is ranked 146th in effective field goal percentage (0.512).
Akron Zips vs. Tulane Green Wave Odds Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Akron, ATS Winner – Akron, O/U – Over
The Green Wave rank 19th in steals per game (9.5) while the Zips rank 158th (5.6).
Tulane is 28th in the NCAA with 2.4 blocks allowed per game while Akron is 47th with 2.8 blocks allowed per game.
Akron ranks 25th in three pointers attempted per game (25.6) while Tulane ranks 210th in three pointers allowed per game (24.8).
The Zips rank 26th in assists allowed per game (8.3) while the Green Wave rank 194th (15.3).
Akron ranks 88th in rebounds per game (41.2) while Tulane ranks 228th (32.4).
The Green Wave’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.6, down from 6.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Zips have scored an average of 79.4 points per game (1.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 61.8 points per game (0.1 below their season average).