Akron Zips vs Kent State Golden Flashes Prediction, 2/5/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Akron Zips vs Kent State Golden Flashes
Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
Location: M.A.C. Center in Kent, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Akron (+2)
The Akron Zips (10-4) travel to M.A.C. Center on Friday where they'll meet the Kent State Golden Flashes (10-4). Akron opens this contest as 2-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 150.5.
Akron will play this game with a win-loss mark of 10-4 on the campaign. They are giving up possession 12.4 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.1 fouls every game. As a team, Akron is pulling down 39.6 rebounds per contest and has totaled 201 assists for the campaign, which ranks 169th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. The Zips are connecting on 33.3% on three-point attempts (137 of 412) and 75.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 78.9 points per contest (46th in D-1) on 46.0% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Zips have forced 12.1 turnovers every game and they draw 17.4 personal fouls. They currently rank 89th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 160 surrendered for the year. The Zips are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.5% (360 of 847) and they surrender 34.0 boards per game as a group. They concede 29.7% from 3-point land while they are 153rd in Division 1 in PPG from their opponents (69.1).
The Akron Zips faced the Toledo Rockets and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 91-76 in their last game. Akron finished the game having earned a 42.9% field goal percentage (27 out of 63) and converted 8 of their 25 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Zips converted 14 of 23 shots for a rate of 60.9%. In relation to grabbing boards, they earned 30 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 11 assists for this game as well as having 4 steals and 3 blocks. With regard to defense, Akron allowed their opponent to shoot 42.9% from the field on 27 of 63 shooting. Toledo earned 16 assists and had 3 steals in this game. In addition, the Rockets pulled down 39 rebounds (11 offensive, 28 defensive) and got 3 blocked shots. Toledo finished the contest at 88.9% at the free throw line by making 16 of their 18 shots. They converted 13 of their 29 tries from 3-point range.
Loren Cristian Jackson is one player who played a role for the contest. He accounted for 32 points on 11 out of 24 shooting. He saw the court for 35 minutes played and also collected 3 rebounds. Jackson finished the game at 45.8% from the field and recorded 4 dimes. Another guy that was a major contributor in this game for the Zips was Bryan Trimble. He snagged 2 boards and accounted for 2 dimes. He went 45.5% from the field in the matchup by going 5-of-11 (14 points). When the final whistle was blown, Trimble was on the court for 34 min.
Kent State has a win-loss record of 10-4 this year. The Golden Flashes have committed 17.8 fouls per contest and they go 75.7% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 15.5 times per game (67th in the nation) and they turn it over 13.6 times per contest. Kent State has totaled 1,147 points on the campaign (81.9 per contest) and they collect 40.9 boards per game. As an offense, the Golden Flashes are hitting on 46.3% from the floor, which ranks 78th in the country. The Golden Flashes defensively are ranked 231st in the nation in points allowed per game with 72.2. The Kent State defense concedes 32.3% on three-point shots (113 of 350) and opponents are making 72.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 12.3 dimes and 32.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 130th and 82nd in those categories on the defensive end. They are forcing their opponents into 13.1 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 41.4% from the floor (92nd in college hoops).
The last time they took the court, the Kent State Golden Flashes went home victorious with a score of 77-68 against the Miami RedHawks. The Golden Flashes snagged 29 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 37 in the matchup. They blocked 3 tries while recording 3 steals in the game. The RedHawks had 24 fouls for this game which got the Golden Flashes to the charity stripe for a total of 26 tries. They were able to bury 18 of the free throw tries for a clip of 69.2%. Regarding shooting from beyond the arc, Kent State made 11 of 25 attempts (44.0%). Overall, the Golden Flashes shot 24 out of 54 from the floor which had them shooting 44.4%. The Golden Flashes permitted the RedHawks to convert 26 out of 66 tries from the field which had them shooting 39.4% in the game. They finished the game shooting 28.0% from 3-point land by shooting 7 of 25 and walked away from this one shooting 9 out of 12 at the free throw line (75.0%). In relation to rebounding, Kent State allowed Miami to grab 33 in total (10 offensive).
Danny Pippen ended up being a factor for the Golden Flashes in the matchup. He converted 8 of 15 in this matchup for a rate of 53.3%, which got him 30 points. Pippen snagged 5 rebounds in his 34 minutes and earned 2 assists for this game. Another guy that was important for Kent State was Tervell Beck. He left the arena with 11 points in 30 minutes on the court by going 4 of 7 from the floor for the contest. Beck ended up shooting 57.1% from the field in addition to collecting 2 dimes and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kent State (-2)
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