Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Akron Zips Prediction, 1/26/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Akron Zips
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Location: James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Eastern Michigan (+11.5)
The Akron Zips (8-3) host the Eastern Michigan Eagles (4-7) at James A. Rhodes Arena on Tuesday. The spread on this game has Akron as 11.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 142.
Eastern Michigan comes into this matchup with a record of 4-7 on the season. The Eagles are shooting 28.0% on shots from distance (73 of 261) and 76.3% from the free throw line. They are averaging 72.3 points per outing (180th in D-1) while shooting 41.4% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.4 times per game and as a unit they commit 16.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Eastern Michigan is grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game and is sitting with 122 dimes this season, which ranks 291st in Division 1 in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Eagles are forcing their opponents into 17.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.2 fouls. The Eagles defense is giving up a FG percentage of 48.0% (305 of 635) and they surrender 36.1 boards per game as a team. They rank 233rd in college hoops in allowing assists with 184 conceded so far this season. They concede 36.4% on shots from distance and they are 276th in college hoops in PPG from their opponents (74.9).
The Eastern Michigan Eagles stepped onto the hardwood against the Miami RedHawks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 85-63 in their last game. Eastern Michigan walked away from the game with a 33.3% FG percentage (21 out of 63) and converted 5 out of their 24 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Eagles buried 16 of their 19 attempts for a percentage of 84.2%. When it comes to hauling in boards, they earned 30 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 9 assists for the matchup in addition to earning 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. In terms of defense, Eastern Michigan let their opponent shoot 33.3% from the floor on 21 out of 63 shooting. Miami earned 10 assists and had 3 steals for this game. Moreover, the RedHawks had 36 rebounds (7 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Miami finished 84.0% at the charity stripe by converting 21 of 25 tries. They converted 8 of 19 attempts from 3-point land.
Drew Lowder is a player who played a role in this contest. He finished with 11 points on 3 out of 16 shooting. He played 24 minutes and also collected 3 rebounds. Lowder finished the game at 18.8% from the field and also totaled 3 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Eagles was Yeikson Montero. He grabbed 8 rebounds and also earned 2 assists. He went 26.7% from the floor in the matchup by going 4-of-15 (9 points). Overall, Montero played for 32 minutes.
Akron has a win-loss record of 8-3 for the year. Akron has accumulated 868 pts on the campaign (78.9 per contest) and they pull down 39.4 boards per game. The Zips have committed 18.1 personal fouls every game and they hit 78.9% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Zips are connecting on 45.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 105th in college hoops. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.4 times per game (116th in D-1) and they turn the ball over 13.0 times per game. The Zips are ranked 173rd in the country in PPG surrendered with 69.9. The Akron defense gives up 28.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter (65 of 225) and their opponents are making 67.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 11.6 dimes and 34.0 boards per game, which is ranked 90th and 123rd in those categories. They are forcing 11.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 43.0% from the floor (181st in D-1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Akron Zips went home victorious with a score of 79-68 when they faced the Western Michigan Broncos. The Zips were able to corral 23 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 28 in the matchup. They also rejected 2 tries while recording 7 steals for the matchup. The Broncos committed 23 personal fouls for the game which got the Zips to the free throw line for a total of 31 attempts. They were able to bury 23 of the free throw tries for a rate of 74.2%. With regard to 3-pointers, Akron buried 10 out of 30 tries (33.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Zips went 23 for 49 from the floor which had them at 46.9%. The Zips permitted the Broncos to make 27 out of their 56 tries from the floor which left them shooting 48.2% in this game. They finished shooting 31.3% from 3-point land via 5 out of 16 and finished the contest at 9 out of 12 from the free throw line (75.0%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, Akron allowed Western Michigan to pull down 20 in all (7 on the offensive side).
Loren Cristian Jackson was important for the Zips in this matchup. He buried 8 out of 17 for the matchup giving him a rate of 47.1%, which had him finishing with 32 points. Jackson pulled down 2 boards in his 35 minutes and accounted for 6 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Akron was Mikal Dawson. He left the arena with 13 points in his 19 minutes played by going 5 out of 6 from the floor for the game. Dawson wrapped this one up going 83.3% from the field as well as contributing 2 dimes and 3 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Akron (-11.5)
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