The Akron Zips (11-3, 1-0 MAC) can extend an eight-game home winning streak when they take on the Western Michigan Broncos (8-6, 1-0 MAC) at James A. Rhodes Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
Western Michigan Broncos vs. Akron Zips Betting Preview
The last time the Broncos played, they beat the Ohio Bobcats, 77-65. With 18 points and eight rebounds, Western Michigan’s Brandon Johnson played well. The Broncos made 24 of their 28 free throws (85.7 percent) and held the Bobcats to an effective field goal percentage of 0.394 (below their season average of 0.543).
The Zips will look to maintain momentum after blowing out the Eastern Michigan Eagles in their last game, 69-45. Akron’s Loren Cristian Jackson had a good outing, finishing with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. The Zips had a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.641 (above their season average of 0.512), while the Eagles had a turnover percentage of 24.6 (above their season average of 19.1).
Akron could dominate on defense as they square off against one of the worst offenses in the NCAA. The Zips currently rank ninth in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.419), while Western Michigan is 265th in effective field goal percentage (0.480).
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after the Zips won the sole contest last season, 56-48. The Zips dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.262 and a turnover percentage of 13.4. For those same stats, the Broncos were 0.097 and 19.5, respectively.
Western Michigan Broncos at Akron Zips Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Akron, ATS Winner – Akron, O/U – Over
The Zips rank fifth in assists allowed per game (8.8) while the Broncos rank 79th (11.6).
Akron averages 39.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 58th in the nation. Western Michigan ranks 238th in rebounds allowed per game (38.6).
The Zips rank 33rd in three pointers allowed per game (18.3) while the Broncos rank 175th (23.1).
Western Michigan ranks 44th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Akron ranks 154th (7.4).
The Zips’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 13.6, up from 12.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Broncos have scored an average of 69.6 points per game (3.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.6 points per game (3.8 below their season average).