Buffalo Bulls vs Akron Zips Prediction, 3/10/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Buffalo Bulls vs Akron Zips
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
Location: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, OH
The Akron Zips (21-9) will try to defeat the Buffalo Bulls (19-10) at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Thursday.
The Buffalo Bulls played Kent State and went home with a loss by a final score of 70-65 in their last contest. Concerning personal fouls, the Bulls walked away with 13 and Kent State recorded 13 personal fouls. They converted 10 of 27 shots from beyond the perimeter. Kent State went 50.0% from the free throw line by converting 4 of 8 attempts. On top of that, Kent State totaled 33 rebounds (16 offensive, 17 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Kent State totaled 13 assists and had 10 steals for the matchup. Regarding defense, Buffalo allowed 38.4% from the floor on 28 of 73 shooting. They also doled out 13 dimes for the contest in addition to forcing 8 turnovers and having 7 steals. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they collected 35 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Bulls converted 4 of 5 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. Buffalo ended the game with a 45.0% field goal percentage (27 of 60) and made 7 of their 25 shots from downtown.
Jeenathan Williams is someone who was a major contributor for the game. He finished shooting 63.6% from the field and also totaled 5 dimes. He saw the court for 35 minutes and also grabbed 5 rebounds. He notched 18 points on 7 out of 11 shooting.
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Buffalo will enter this game with a mark of 19-10 so far this year. They turn it over 13.2 times per game and as a squad they commit 17.1 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Buffalo is pulling down 42.7 rebounds per game and is sitting with 442 assists for the year, which ranks 85th in the nation in terms of passing. The Bulls are hitting 34.3% on shots from 3-point land (249 of 726) and 70.6% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 80.3 points per game (10th in the nation) while connecting on 45.7% from the field.
On the defensive end of the court, the Bulls have forced 12.0 turnovers every game and they draw 16.6 fouls. They rank 77th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 337 surrendered this year. The Bulls are allowing a shooting percentage of 42.3% (773 of 1,829) and they surrender 34.8 rebounds per game as a unit. They give up 31.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 266th in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (72.3).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Akron Zips got the victory with a final of 57-56 when they played Central Michigan. The Zips collected 23 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 29 in the matchup. They gave up possession 7 times, while getting 8 steals for the matchup. Central Michigan committed 20 fouls in this game which got the Zips to the charity stripe for a total of 22 tries. They were able to convert 13 of those for a rate of 59.1%. In relation to shots from beyond the arc, Akron knocked down 6 of their 22 tries (27.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Zips finished the game shooting 19 out of 50 from the floor which had them shooting 38.0%. The Zips permitted Central Michigan to make 20 out of 47 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.6% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 22.2% from behind the 3-point line by going 4 of 18 and walked away from this one shooting 12 out of 13 at the free throw line (92.3%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, Akron allowed Central Michigan to grab 28 in total (4 offensive).
Xavier Castaneda was important for the Zips for this contest. He recorded 17 points in his 38 minutes on the hardwood and had 2 dimes for this game. He converted 7 out of 16 in this game for a rate of 43.8%, and totaled 7 rebounds.
Akron has a mark of 21-9 so far this year. When it comes to offense, the Zips are connecting on 46.0% from the field, which is ranked 71st in the nation. Akron has accounted for 2,134 points so far this season (71.1 per contest) and they average 35.3 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 12.0 times per contest (260th in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.4 times per game. The Zips are committing 15.9 personal fouls per game and they shoot 68.0% from the charity stripe.
The Akron defense allows 34.2% from downtown (200 of 584) and their opponents are knocking down 71.0% of their free throw shots. They give up 9.4 assists and 30.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 7th and 25th in those defensive categories. The Zips are ranked 26th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 62.9. They are forcing 11.7 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 42.2% from the floor (120th in D-1).
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Akron
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