Akron vs Tulane Expert NCAA Basketball Picks 12/20/2019
Game: Akron Zips vs Tulane Green Wave
Date: Friday, December 20, 2019
Location: Entertainment & Sports Arena in Washington, DC
Odds/Point Spread: Tulane +7
The Akron Zips head to Entertainment & Sports Arena to take on the Tulane Green Wave on Friday, December 20, 2019. The opening line for this game has Akron as 7 point favorites.
Akron comes into this game with an overall record of 8-2. They currently have a point differential of 15.8 as they are averaging 77.7 points per game while giving up 61.9 per contest. Tulane has an overall mark of 8-2. They are averaging 73.3 points per contest and giving up 66.5, which is a point differential of 6.8.
Valuable Akron Zips Betting Trends
The Akron Zips are 6-2-0 against the spread this season
The Akron Zips are 4-4-0 against the over/under this year
Important Tulane Green Wave Betting Trends
The Tulane Green Wave are 6-4-0 against the spread this season
The Tulane Green Wave are 5-5-0 against the over/under this year
Key Akron Zips Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Tulane Green Wave Injuries
No key injuries to report
Tyler Cheese comes into this game averaging 15.4 points per contest while playing 27.7 minutes per night this year. He grabs 4.7 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.0 assists per game. His FG percentage is 41% while his free throw percentage is 83%. Loren Jackson averages 14.5 points per contest in 30.9 minutes per game. He averages 4.8 assists per game and 3.3 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% for the season while his free throw percentage is 88%.
TeShaun Hightower scores 16.3 points per contest while playing 31.6 minutes per game. He hauls in 4.8 rebounds per contest and has 2.9 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is at 74%. K.J. Lawson averages 15.2 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 34.8 minutes per game. He also brings in 5.1 rebounds per game and has 2.6 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage is 76%.
Useful Team Statistics
Akron averages 77.7 points per contest, which is 70th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 15.8 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a unit, which has them ranked 206th. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 112th in the nation. They average 41.2 boards per contest and 14.1 assists per game, which ranks them 26th and 133rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 122nd with 14.4 per game. The Zips allow 61.9 points per contest, which is 41st in the NCAA. They also surrender a 36% shooting percentage and a 24% average from 3-point range, ranking them 10th and 5th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 37.0 rebounds a game which ranks 261st, and they allow 8.3 assists per game which puts them in 5th place in the country. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 179th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
Tulane is 158th in the nation with 73.3 points per contest this season. They are 182nd in the country in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 6.8. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 87th in the NCAA. They are 314th in D-1 in rebounding with 32.3 boards per contest and 219th in assists per game with 12.9. The Green Wave are 250th in turnovers per contest with 12.7. The Green Wave give up 66.5 points per game, which ranks them 131st in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 277th and 301st in those defensive statistics. They rank 312th with 15.3 dimes allowed per game and 203rd with 35.7 boards surrendered per contest. The Green Wave are 333rd in the nation in forcing turnovers with 18.0 per contest this year.
The Zips are 101st in the nation in offensive rating with 105.7. In terms of pace they are 58th in the country with 73.5 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 155th. As a team they are 92nd in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shots, ranking 64th in Division 1. Akron is 151st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 17.1 times per 100 possessions.
Tulane is 238th in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16 times per 100 possessions. The Green Wave are 123rd in the country in offensive rating with 104.9. In terms of pace they are 211th in Division 1 with 69.9 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 150th. As a team they are 119th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shots, ranking 109th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Akron/Tulane college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Akron -7
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