The Mid-American Conference Tourney matchup between the Ohio Bobcats (17-15, 9-10 MAC) and the Akron Zips (24-7, 14-4 MAC) will be played at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 142 points with Akron opening as a 4.5-point favorite. Action begins at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Ohio Bobcats vs. Akron Zips Odds Preview
The last time the Bobcats played, they easily got past the Central Michigan Chippewas, 85-65, comfortably covering as 5-point favorites. Ben Vander Plas was the game’s high scorer with 25 points on 8-for-14 shooting. The Bobcats, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.517, had an extraordinary mark of 0.667 and held the Chippewas to an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.2 (below their season average of 28.2). The two teams combined to put up 150 points, which came in just over the projected point total of 149.
Although the Zips topped the Kent State Golden Flashes in their last outing, 79-76, they failed to cover as 6-point favorites. With 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting, Xeyrius Williams was the top scorer from either team. The Zips knocked down 25 of their 28 free throws (89.3 percent) and held the Golden Flashes to an effective field goal percentage of 0.438 (below their season average of 0.524). Combined, the two squads scored 155 points, which was over the O/U total of 144.
Akron should have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. The Zips currently rank 56th in offensive efficiency, while the Bobcats rank 176th in defensive efficiency. Furthermore, the Bobcats, who rank 276th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.201), will clash against the Zips, who rank 60th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.191).
Of Ohio’s 30 games with betting action, 16 have finished under the O/U total, while 17 of Akron’s 29 games have finished under the projected point total. The Zips hold the sizable advantage straight up (SU) (24-7 vs. 17-15), but the Bobcats have the superior against the spread (ATS) record (18-12 vs. 15-14).
Ohio Bobcats vs. Akron Zips ATS Prediction
Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Ohio, ATS Winner – Ohio, O/U – Under
Ohio ranks 151st in rebounds per game (35.4) while Akron ranks 221st in rebounds allowed per game (36.5).
Akron is 6-9 ATS at home, while Ohio is 9-6 ATS on the road.
Akron is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in its last five games.
Over its past five outings, Ohio is 5-0 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Zips’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.0, down from 9.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bobcats have scored an average of 75.0 points per game (3.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.4 points per game (0.1 below their season average).