Friday, February 24, 2017
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The Akron Zips head to Alumni Arena to take on the Buffalo Bulls on Friday, February 24, 2017. The opening line for this game has Buffalo as 2 point favorites.
The Zips come into this game with an overall record of 22-6 and a road record of 5-5. They are 9-15 against the spread and their over/under record is 12-12. The Bulls have an overall record of 15-13 and a home record of 7-3. They have an over/under record of 12-11 and they are 15-9 against the spread.
Isaiah Johnson comes into this contest averaging 16.5 points per game while playing 29.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Zips. He pulls down 7.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 62% while his free throw percentage is currently at 58%. Kwan Cheatham averages 11.8 points per game in 29.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.9 assists per contest and 7.6 rebounds per game for Akron. His field goal percentage is 41% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%.
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Blake Hamilton averages 17.1 points per game while playing 30.4 minutes per contest this year for the Bulls. He grabs 6.3 rebounds per game and has 4.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 78%. C.J. Massinburg averages 14.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.2 rebounds per contest and 3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 73%.
Akron averages 77.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 69th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 5.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 67th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 88th in the country. They average 35.3 rebounds per game and 14.7 assists per game which ranks them 182nd and 84th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 40th with 11.5 per game. The Zips allow 71.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 144th in the nation. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 215th and 301st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 32.6 rebounds a game which ranks 47th and they give up 11.5 assists per contest which puts them in 44th place in the country. They force 10.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 321st in Division 1.
Buffalo averages 77.1 points per game this year which ranks them 68th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 2 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 154th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 274th in the nation. They average 40.5 rebounds per game and 14.5 assists per contest which ranks them 9th and 96th respectively. In the turnover department the Bulls rank 290th with 14.5 per game. The Bulls allow 75.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 236th in the country. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 70th and 143rd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 36.7 rebounds a game which ranks 240th and they give up 13.2 assists per contest which puts them in 165th place in the nation. The Bulls force 13 turnovers per game which ranks them 184th in college basketball.
The Zips average 75.6 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 67.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 0.9 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 0.7 per contest. The Zips have an offensive rating of 114.2 and they assist on 56% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 68.1 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 56%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 59% and they shoot 3 pointers on 49% of their shots. Akron turns the ball over an average of 14.9 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 7.5% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 52.2% while their offensive rebound percentage is 30%. The Zips give up 74.7 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 67 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Bulls score 76.3 ppg at home and they have averaged 79.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 3.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 9.3 points per game. The Bulls have a rating on offense of 105.3 and 54.1% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 73.4 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 38% of their shots. Buffalo turns it over an average of 17 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 7.6% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 53.1% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 33.2%. The Bulls give up 67 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 76 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Akron Zips Betting Trends
The Akron Zips are 9-15 against the spread
The Akron Zips are 12-12 against the over/under
Buffalo Bulls Betting Trends
The Buffalo Bulls are 15-9 against the spread
The Buffalo Bulls are 12-11 against the over/under
Akron Zips Injuries
No key injuries to report
Buffalo Bulls Injuries
01/16/17 F Quate McKinzie Hand expected to miss 6-8 weeks
Josh's Pick: Take Akron +2
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