Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Zips versus the Broncos? Tip off is at at 6:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on CBSS. The game will be played at University Arena (MI) in Kalamazoo, MI. Akron come into this Mid-American conference matchup as the -8.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 138 points.

AKRON ZIPS VS WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Western Michigan Broncos +8.5

This game will be played at University Arena (MI) at 6:00 ET on Friday, March 8th.

WHY BET THE WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Broncos.
  • Not only will Western Michigan pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will Akron Live Up to Expectations on the Road?

Through 30 games, Akron has a record of 21-9, including a 13-4 record in Mid-American Conference play. On the road, the Zips have gone 8-7 this season, compared to their 11-2 mark at home. For the year, Akron has been favored in 19 of their games, going 17-2 in those contests.

Over their last 10 games away from home, the Zips have gone 5-5, and they are coming off a 61-60 loss to Eastern Michigan. On the season, Akron has an average scoring margin of +2.2 on the road, and they are currently on a two-game road losing streak.

As the favorite, Akron has gone 10-9 against the spread this season. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Zips have gone 5-5 ATS. On the road, Akron has an ATS record of 6-9 this year and they have gone 0-3 ATS in their last 3 road games.

Today’s over/under line of 138 is below the season average OU line of 141.3 for Akron. So far, 13 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 for the season, their OU record is 10-18.

In their most recent game, the Akron offense put up just 60 points vs. the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Overall, they are now averaging 74.4 points per game which is 176th in the country. The team’s top scorer is Enrique Freeman, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 18.2, while Ali Ali also maintains a PPG average of 15.5 leading up to the game.

Coming into today’s game, the Akron defense is giving up an average of 65.4 points per contest. The Akron defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 61 points and allowed Eastern Michigan to connect on 4 threes.

Can the Broncos Please their Home Crowd?

Western Michigan will be the underdog in this game, as they have a record of 6-14 when in this position. They are coming off a loss to Bowling Green, and their record on the year is 11-19. At home, they have gone 7-7, and over their last ten games at home, they have gone 6-4.

For the season, Western Michigan has gone 7-9 in conference play, and they are 4-10 in non-conference games. On the year, they have gone 2-12 on the road, and their average scoring margin in these games is -11.9. So far, they have lost seven straight road games.

As the underdog this season, Western Michigan has a solid ATS record of 12-8. Their ATS mark as the underdog over their last 10 games is an impressive 7-3. At home, the Broncos have gone 8-6 vs. the spread this year and are 6-3 ATS in their last 10 home games. Overall, Western Michigan’s ATS record for the season is 15-13.

Western Michigan’s over/under record this season is 12-16 and today’s line of 138 is lower than the average OU line in their games (144.1). In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total in those games is 143 points.

In their latest game, Western Michigan offense put up 65 points against Bowling Green. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 43.1% and made 6 threes. The top scorer for the Broncos was Seth Hubbard with 12 points, while B. Artis White also added 11 to the scoreboard.

At this time, the Broncos’ defense is positioned 237th in the country, permitting 74.3 points per game. Against Bowling Green in their most recent game, the Western Michigan defense gave up a total of 73 points while allowing Bowling Green to hit 43% of their shots.