Buffalo vs Akron MAC Championship Free Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 3/11/2016
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Quicken Loans Arena
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The Buffalo Bulls travel to Quicken Loans Arena to play the Akron Zips on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The opening line for this game has Akron as 4 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 152.5.
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The Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 17-14 and a road record of 5-9. They are 15-11 against the spread and their over/under record is 14-13. The Zips have an overall record of 24-7 and a home record of 15-0. They have an over/under record of 14-10 and they are 15-10 against the spread.
Lamonte Bearden comes into this contest averaging 13.6 points per game while playing 29.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Bulls. He pulls down 2.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 77%. Blake Hamilton averages 12.9 points per game in 26.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.6 assists per contest and 6.9 rebounds per game for Buffalo. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 73%.
Isaiah Johnson averages 13.3 points per game while playing 24.8 minutes per contest this year for the Zips. He grabs 7.6 rebounds per game and has 1.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 57% and his free throw percentage currently is at 62%. Antino Jackson averages 11.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 27.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.2 rebounds per contest and 3.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 37% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Buffalo averages 76.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 80th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 0.2 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them ranked 190th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 261st in the country. They average 38.5 rebounds per game and 12.5 assists per game which ranks them 58th and 214th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 291st with 13.9 per game. The Bulls allow 76.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 275th in the nation. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 183rd and 150th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 36.4 rebounds a game which ranks 209th and they give up 13.3 assists per contest which puts them in 185th place in the country. They force 13.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 133rd in the Division 1.
Akron averages 76.7 points per game this year which ranks them 78th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 7.4 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them sitting in the 202nd spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 18th in the nation. They average 36.9 rebounds per game and 14.5 assists per contest which ranks them 118th and 86th respectively. In the turnover department the Zips rank 30th with 10.7 per game. The Zips allow 69.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 104th in the country. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 30% average from behind the arc ranking them 101st and 6th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 36.9 rebounds a game which ranks 235th and they give up 11.7 assists per contest which puts them in 73rd place in the nation. The Zips force 11.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 283rd in college basketball.
The Bulls average 75.4 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 80 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -4.2 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 3 per contest. The Bulls have an offensive rating of 105.8 and they assist on 48.7% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 72.8 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 36% of their shots. Buffalo turns the ball over an average of 16.2 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 9.4% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 51.7% while their offensive rebound percentage is 32.6%. The Bulls give up 79.6 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 77 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Zips score 80.6 ppg at home and they have averaged 76.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 10.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 14.2 points per game. The Zips have a rating on offense of 111.5 and 55.9% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 69.5 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 53%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they attempt 3 pointers on 50% of their shots. Akron turns it over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 7.8% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 50.7% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 29.7%. The Zips give up 66.4 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 66.3 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Buffalo Bulls Betting Trends
The Buffalo Bulls are 15-11 against the spread
The Buffalo Bulls are 14-13 against the over/under
Akron Zips Betting Trends
The Akron Zips are 15-10 against the spread
The Akron Zips are 14-10 against the over/under
Buffalo Bulls Injuries
No key injuries to report
Akron Zips Injuries
03/09/16 C Pat Forsythe Shoulder out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Buffalo
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