Marshall Thundering Herd vs Akron Zips Prediction, 12/1/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Marshall Thundering Herd vs Akron Zips
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Location: James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, OH
James A. Rhodes Arena is where the Akron Zips (3-3) will play the Marshall Thundering Herd (4-2) on Wednesday.
The Marshall Thundering Herd stepped onto the hardwood against Indiana and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 90-79 in their last game. When discussing fouls, the Thundering Herd ended up with 15 while Indiana recorded 15 fouls. They converted 8 out of their 15 attempts from 3-point land. Indiana ended up shooting 73.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 14 of 19 attempts. On top of that, Indiana snagged 32 rebounds (5 offensive, 27 defensive), but didn't have a block. Indiana doled out 14 assists and had 10 steals in the matchup. Concerning defense, Marshall allowed the other team to shoot 57.6% from the field on 34 of 59 shooting. They also dished out 11 assists for the game in addition to forcing 15 turnovers and earning 7 steals. In the matter of rebounding, they earned a total of 24 with 6 of them being offensive. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Thundering Herd converted 10 of their 13 shots for a rate of 76.9%. Marshall walked away from the game with a 49.2% field goal percentage (32 of 65) and buried 5 of their 16 shots from beyond the arc.
Andrew Taylor is someone who came through in the matchup. He finished with 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 34 mins and also snagged 3 rebounds. He ended up shooting 53.8% from the floor and dished out 4 assists.
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Marshall will play this game with a mark of 4-2 for the season. They are averaging 82.2 points per game (35th in D-1) while hitting 45.7% from the floor. The Thundering Herd are connecting on 26.8% on three-point shots (37 of 138) and 74.6% from the free throw line. As a unit, Marshall is snagging 38.8 rebounds per contest and has 91 assists for the year, which is 164th in the country in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 12.5 times per game and as a team are committing 16.3 fouls on a nightly basis.
Defensively, the Thundering Herd are forcing 16.3 turnovers per game and they draw 17.8 fouls. They are relinquishing 40.2% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 289th in Division 1 in points per game from their opponents (74.7). The Thundering Herd defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 43.8% (163 of 372) and they surrender 37.7 rebounds per game as a team. They are 167th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 78 surrendered for the year.
In their last game, the Akron Zips got the victory with a final of 69-60 against Evansville. The Zips earned 25 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 32 in this game. They coughed up the ball 11 times, while earning 3 steals for this contest. Evansville had 22 fouls in this game which took the Zips to the charity stripe for 27 tries. They were able to make 17 of them for a rate of 63.0%. Pertaining to 3-point shots, Akron converted 10 of their 15 attempts (66.7%). When the final whistle was blown, the Zips finished shooting 21 out of 43 from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.8%. The Zips permitted Evansville to convert 22 of 59 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 37.3% for this game. They wrapped up this game 26.1% from 3-point land by shooting 6 of 23 and ended up shooting 10 of 14 from the free throw line (71.4%). When talking about rebounding, Akron allowed Evansville to get 29 in total (11 offensive).
Ali Ali ended up being important for the Zips in this matchup. He knocked down 6 of 8 in this matchup giving him a rate of 75.0%, and had 2 rebounds. He earned 20 points in his 33 mins on the court, but wasn't able to tally an assist.
Akron has a record of 3-3 so far this season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Zips are shooting 44.8% from the floor, which ranks them 167th in college basketball. Akron has tallied 424 points so far this year (70.7 per game) and they grab 39.2 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 10.8 times per contest (302nd in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.8 times per contest. The Zips commit 17.3 fouls every game and they go 59.8% from the free throw line.
The Akron defense surrenders 27.9% from downtown (31 of 111) and their opposition makes 72.5% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 6.8 assists and 30.5 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 2nd and 42nd in college hoops. The Zips are ranked 6th in the nation in PPG given up with 55.2. They are forcing 13.2 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 36.0% from the floor (16th in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Marshall
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