The RedHawks and Zips are set to face off at 4:00 ET on ESPN+. The Zips will host the game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH. The odds for this Mid-American conference game currently have Akron as the -8 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 134.5 points.

MIAMI (OH) REDHAWKS VS AKRON ZIPS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Miami (OH) RedHawks +8

This game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 4:00 ET on Thursday, March 14th.

WHY BET THE MIAMI (OH) REDHAWKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Zips.
  • Even though we have Akron winning straight-up, we like Miami (OH) at +8.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 134.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the RedHawks Find a Way to Win on the Road?

Despite being the underdog, Miami (OH) has fared better as the underdog this season, going 7-11 compared to 6-5 as the favorite. On the road, the RedHawks are 6-10 this season and are coming off a 72-59 loss to Ohio.

Over their last 10 games on the road, Miami (OH) has gone 5-5, and they have a road scoring margin of -5.9 points per game. For the season, the RedHawks have an average scoring margin of -1.8 points per game.

When looking at Miami (OH)’s ATS record this season, they have gone 16-13. On the road, their ATS record is 9-7 and over their last 10 road games, they have gone 6-4 vs. the spread. As the underdog, their ATS record this year is 10-8 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Miami (OH) sits at 12-16-1. So far, their games have averaged 139.6 points compared to an average over/under line of 143.7, resulting in an average margin versus the over/under of -4.1. Today’s over/under line of 134.5 is lower than the average scoring total of their games this season. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with those matchups averaging 126 points.

In their latest game, Miami (OH) offense put up 59 points against Ohio. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 36.8% and made 9 threes. The team’s top scorer is Darweshi Hunter, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 11.7, while Anderson Mirambeaux also maintains a PPG average of 12.5 leading up to the game.

The RedHawks’ defense is presently ranked 111st nationally, allowing an average of 69.9 points per contest. In their most recent game, the Miami (OH) defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Ohio knocked down 9 three-pointers on their way to 72 points.

Can the Akron Offense Score Enough at Home?

After losing their last game to Western Michigan, Akron will look to bounce back as they take on Miami (OH). The Zips are 21-10 this season, including a 13-5 record in Mid-American Conference play.

At home, Akron is 11-2 this season, and they have gone 9-1 in their last ten games at home. For the year, they have been favored in 20 games, going 17-3 as the favorite.

As the favorite this season, Akron has gone 10-10 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 5-5. At home, the Zips are 8-5 ATS this year and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 home games. Their ATS record vs. the spread at home over their last 3 games is 1-2 and 3-2 over their last 5.

Today’s over/under line of 134.5 for Akron’s game against Miami (OH) is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (141.3). So far, 19 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 148 points.

Coming off a good offensive performance, Akron’s offense scored 84 points against Western Michigan. Their field goal percentage for the game was 50.8%, and they went 11/14 from the free-throw line. Greg Tribble led the team in scoring, putting up 18 points. Additionally, Ali Ali contributed 17 points for the Zips.

So far, the Zips’ defense is ranked 35th in the country at 66.2 points per contest. So far, the Akron defense is giving up an average of 7.6 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.5 times per game (455th).