Akron Zips vs Miami RedHawks Prediction, 2/12/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Akron Zips vs Miami RedHawks
Date: Friday, February 12, 2021
Location: Millett Hall in Oxford, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Akron (-4.5)
The Miami RedHawks (8-7) play the Akron Zips (11-4) at Millett Hall on Friday. The line on this matchup has Akron as 4.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 142.
Akron heads into this one with a record of 11-4 for the season. They cough up possession 12.6 times per game and as a team are committing 18.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Akron is pulling down 39.5 boards per contest and has 215 dimes on the season, which is 191st in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Zips are hitting 33.9% on three-point shots (148 of 437) and 74.6% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 78.4 points per contest (47th in Division 1) while hitting 46.0% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Zips are able to force 12.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.3 personal fouls. They give up 29.1% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 138th in college basketball in PPG allowed (68.5). The Zips defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 41.9% (383 of 913) and they surrender 34.2 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are 76th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 170 surrendered for the campaign.
The Akron Zips faced the Kent State Golden Flashes and went home with a win by a final score of 72-61 in their last game. Akron finished with a 45.8% field goal percentage (27 out of 59) and knocked down 11 of their 25 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Zips knocked down 7 of their 11 attempts for a percentage of 63.6%. In regard to rebounding, they earned 34 with 10 of them being offensive. They also dished out 14 assists in this matchup as well as earning 4 steals and 6 rejections. When it comes to defending, Akron allowed their opponent to shoot 45.8% from the floor on 27 out of 59 shooting. Kent State doled out 10 assists and had 6 steals for this contest. Additionally, the Golden Flashes collected 32 rebounds (13 offensive, 19 defensive) and earned 6 blocked shots. Kent State finished the game shooting 75.0% from the charity stripe by burying 9 of their 12 tries. They also converted 6 out of their 27 shots from distance.
Bryan Trimble is a player who was a major factor in this matchup. He accounted for 26 points on 8 out of 11 shooting. He played for 33 minutes played and also totaled 2 boards. Trimble finished the game shooting 72.7% from the floor but had no dimes when the game ended. Another guy that was a determining factor in the game for the Zips was Loren Cristian Jackson. He totaled 5 rebounds and also earned 8 dimes. He finished 39.1% from the field in the matchup by shooting 9-of-23 (21 points). Overall, Jackson played for 36 minutes.
Miami has a win-loss mark of 8-7 for the campaign. The RedHawks commit 16.6 personal fouls per game and they hit 75.1% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 12.3 times per contest (255th in college basketball) and they turn it over 10.4 times per contest. Miami has totaled 1,075 points for the campaign (71.7 per game) and they average 33.3 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the RedHawks are connecting on 44.0% from the field, which ranks them 198th in the nation. The RedHawks defensively are ranked 224th in college hoops in PPG given up with 71.7. The Miami defense gives up 35.0% on three-point shots (119 of 340) and opponents are making 72.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 14.3 dimes and 35.1 boards per game, which has them ranked 268th and 178th in the country. They are forcing their opponents into 12.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 45.5% from the floor (266th in the nation).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Miami RedHawks went home defeated by a final of 88-64 against the Buffalo Bulls. The RedHawks recorded 22 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards totaling 27 for this game. They rejected 2 attempts while earning 2 steals in this game. The Bulls had 13 fouls for this game which got the RedHawks to the charity stripe for a total of 6 shots. They were able to bury 6 of the free throws for a percentage of 100.0%. When discussing three-point shots, Miami converted 8 of their 29 attempts (27.6%). When all was said and done, the RedHawks shot 25 for 62 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.3%. The RedHawks permitted the Bulls to bury 34 of 67 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 50.7% for the game. They finished the game shooting 44.0% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 11 out of 25 and ended up going 9 of 15 from the free throw line (60.0%). Regarding rebounding, Miami allowed Buffalo to get 41 in all (14 on the offensive glass).
Dae Dae Grant ended up being important for the RedHawks for the matchup. He made 6 out of 14 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 42.9%, which earned him 18 points. Grant grabbed 4 rebounds in his 30 minutes and added 2 dimes for this contest. One more player who was a determining factor for Miami was Mekhi Lairy. He left the arena with 12 points in his 31 minutes played via 4 out of 10 shooting in this matchup. Lairy wrapped this one up going 40.0% from the field while also contributing 3 assists and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Akron (-4.5)
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