The Toledo Rockets (9-8, 1-3 MAC) look to snap the five-game winning streak of Akron when they travel to James A. Rhodes Arena to take on the Zips (14-3, 4-0 MAC). Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
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In the Rockets’ last contest, they lost to the Central Michigan Chippewas, 74-67. Toledo’s Marreon Jackson finished with 17 points and six assists in the game. Central Michigan’s free throw rate was their largest advantage over Toledo. The Chippewas had a rate of 0.254 (below their season average of 0.261), while the Rockets posted a mark of 0.164 (below their season average of 0.272).
The Zips will look to maintain momentum after dismantling the Northern Illinois Huskies in their last game, 72-49. Akron received a boost from Tyler Cheese, who was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points on 9-for-16 shooting. The Zips held the Huskies to an effective field goal percentage of 0.281 (below their season average of 0.487). The Huskies had a free throw rate of 0.110 (below their season average of 0.200).
When considering effective field goal percentage, Akron should have a noteworthy advantage. The Zips defense ranks seventh in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.420), while the Toledo offense is ranked 134th in effective field goal percentage (0.509).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year. The Rockets won the sole game played against each other last season, 63-52. Toledo had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.450 vs. 0.305). Akron, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of making free throws (13-16; 81.3 percent).
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Prediction: SU Winner – Akron, ATS Winner – Toledo, O/U – Over
The Rockets rank 102nd in steals per game (7.0) while the Zips rank 138th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
Akron ranks 108th in blocked shots (3.2 per game) while Toledo ranks 121st in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
Toledo averages 40.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 32nd in the country. Akron ranks 192nd in rebounds allowed per game (36.6).
The Zips rank 47th in three pointers allowed per game (18.9) while the Rockets rank 172nd (22.9).
Akron ranks sixth in assists allowed per game (8.8) while Toledo ranks 112th (12.2).
The Zips’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 16.6, up from 13.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Rockets have scored an average of 66.8 points per game (8.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.2 points per game (3.1 above their season average).