Planning on watching today’s Golden Flashes and Zips game? Catch the action at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH, as the Zips hosts this showdown at 7:30 ET on ESPN2. The over/under for this Mid-American conference contest is set at 132.5 points, with Akron being favored by -4.5 at home against Kent State.

KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES VS AKRON ZIPS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Akron Zips -4.5

This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 7:30 ET on Saturday, March 16th.

WHY BET THE AKRON ZIPS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Zips.
  • Not only will Akron pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 132.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Does Kent State Have a Shot at a Road Win?

After a 73-60 win over Bowling Green, Kent State is 15-16 overall and 10-10 in Mid-American Conference play. Over their last 10 road games, the Golden Flashes are 5-5, and they are 8-10 on the road this season.

On the year, Kent State has been the underdog in nine of its 31 games, going 3-6 in those contests. As the underdog, the Golden Flashes have an average scoring margin of -0.7 points per game.

As the underdog this season, Kent State has gone just 3-6 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Golden Flashes have an ATS record of 3-7. On the road, Kent State has gone 8-10 vs. the spread this year and their ATS mark for the season is 12-19.

This season, the over/under record in Kent State games is 17-14. Today’s over/under line of 132.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (144.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 138 points.

In their most recent game, the Golden Flashes’ offense tallied 73 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 75.2 points per game. The top scorer for the Golden Flashes was Jalen Sullinger with 22 points, while Giovanni Santiago also added 20 to the scoreboard.

Coming into today’s game, the Kent State defense is giving up an average of 71.2 points per contest. So far, the Kent State defense is giving up an average of 8.0 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.2 times per game (532nd).

Can the Zips Grab a Win at Home?

At home this season, Akron has been dominant, going 14-2 with an average scoring margin of +9.5. Over their last 10 games at home, the Zips are 9-1, and they have won their last three games at home.

Overall, Akron is 21-10 this season, and they have won three games in a row. In Mid-American Conference play, the Zips are 16-5, while they are 5-5 in non-conference games.

As the favorite this season, Akron has gone 13-10 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 11-5 and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 6-4 vs. the spread. In their last three home games, the Zips have gone 2-1 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record for Akron games is 12-20. Today’s over/under line of 132.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (141.1). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 145 points.

Akron offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 65 points against Ohio. In that game, they made 8/22 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 39.3%. Enrique Freeman is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 18.6 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Ali Ali brings a PPG average of 15.5 into the game.

Akron’s defense has been playing well, ranking 30th nationally, with 65.9 points allowed per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Akron’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 41.3% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 28.7% this season.