Miami RedHawks vs Akron Zips Prediction, 3/5/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami RedHawks vs Akron Zips
Date: Friday, March 5, 2021
Location: James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (+6)
James A. Rhodes Arena is the venue where and the Akron Zips (14-7) will take on the Miami RedHawks (12-10) on Friday. Miami opens this contest as 6-point underdogs. The total has been set at 146.
Miami will play this game with a win-loss record of 12-10 on the season. The RedHawks are shooting 36.6% on 3-point shots (191 of 522) and 77.1% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 72.7 points per outing (146th in the nation) while connecting on 43.8% from the field. They are giving up possession 10.9 times per game and as a unit are committing 16.8 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Miami is pulling down 34.8 rebounds per game and has tallied 268 assists for the season, which ranks 215th in the country in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the RedHawks are able to force 12.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.5 personal fouls. The RedHawks defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.8% (575 of 1,283) and they surrender 35.0 boards per game as a unit. They are currently ranked 231st in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 300 relinquished on the season. They are giving up 34.7% on shots from downtown and they are 217th in D-1 in PPG allowed (71.5).
The Miami RedHawks faced the Bowling Green Falcons and walked away with a win by a score of 84-79 in their last game. Miami ended the game having earned a 46.0% FG percentage (29 out of 63) and made 10 out of their 25 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the RedHawks buried 16 of 18 tries for a rate of 88.9%. In relation to rebounding, they earned a total of 42 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 16 dimes for the contest in addition to creating 10 turnovers and getting 3 steals. In reference to defending, Miami allowed 34.9% from the field on 29 out of 83 shooting. Bowling Green doled out 11 assists and had 11 steals in this contest. In addition, Bowling Green collected 45 boards (18 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Bowling Green finished 68.8% from the free throw line by burying 11 of their 16 tries. They made 10 out of their 40 attempts from downtown.
Dalonte Brown is a guy who was a major contributor in this contest. He ended up finishing with 29 points on 10 out of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 38 minutes played and also totaled 14 rebounds. Brown went 55.6% from the floor but wasn't able to get a dime. One more player that came through in the matchup for the RedHawks was Mekhi Lairy. He snagged 4 rebounds in 38 minutes on the court. He ended up going 54.5% from the field in the game by shooting 6-of-11 (19 points). In all, Lairy accounted for 5 assists.
Akron has a record of 14-7 for the year. Akron has totaled 1,650 pts on the season (78.6 per contest) and they pull down 38.8 rebounds per contest. The Zips are committing 18.1 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 75.8% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Zips are connecting on 44.8% from the floor, which is ranked 148th in the nation. They are assisting teammates 13.6 times per contest (143rd in D-1) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.1 times per contest. The Zips defensively are ranked 228th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 72.0. They have relinquished 12.3 assists and 35.6 total rebounds per game, which ranks 123rd and 210th in the country. The Akron defense gives up 31.5% from downtown (141 of 447) and opponents are making 72.8% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 12.3 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 43.3% from the field (177th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Akron Zips took a loss by a score of 80-78 when they played the Buffalo Bulls. The Zips recorded 26 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 37 for this contest. They also gave up possession 10 times, while getting 10 steals in the matchup. The Bulls committed 14 personal fouls in this contest which took the Zips to the charity stripe for a total of 14 tries. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throws for a rate of 92.9%. With respect to shots from downtown, Akron made 7 of 27 tries (25.9%). Overall, the Zips finished 29 out of 75 from the field which had them shooting 38.7%. The Zips permitted the Bulls to bury 28 of their 67 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.8% in this game. They shot 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 5 of 15 and walked away from this one shooting 19 of 25 at the charity stripe (76.0%). When talking about rebounding, Akron allowed Buffalo to grab 45 in total (15 offensive).
Loren Cristian Jackson ended up being important for the Zips in this contest. He converted 10 of 28 in the game for a rate of 35.7%, and had 3 rebounds. Jackson recorded 27 points in his 36 minutes on the court and earned 4 assists for the game. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Akron was Enrique Freeman. He left the arena with no assists in his 25 mins on the court, and he put in 5 out of 5 from the floor. Freeman ended the game having shot 100.0% from the field in addition to notching 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Miami (+6)
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