Akron Zips vs Ohio Bobcats Prediction, 2/11/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Akron Zips vs Ohio Bobcats
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Location: Convocation Center (OH) in Athens, OH
Convocation Center (OH) is the location where the Ohio Bobcats (13-11) will compete against the Akron Zips (17-7) on Saturday.
The Akron Zips faced Toledo and took a loss by a final of 84-74 in their last contest. In the matter of fouls, the Zips finished with 23 while Toledo totaled 12 fouls. They also knocked down 9 of 18 tries from beyond the arc. Toledo went 82.1% at the charity stripe by making 23 of their 28 tries. In addition, Toledo totaled 32 boards (7 offensive, 25 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Toledo recorded 14 dimes and had 1 steal in this matchup. When it comes to defending, Akron allowed 52.0% from the field on 26 out of 50 shooting. They also dished out 11 assists for this contest as well as forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In reference to rebounding, they compiled a total of 27 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Zips knocked down 9 of 11 shots for a percentage of 81.8%. Akron ended the contest with a 40.9% field goal percentage (27 out of 66) and converted 11 of their 32 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Xavier Castaneda is someone who played a role in this matchup. He finished shooting 33.3% from the floor and distributed 1 assist. He was on the court for 38 mins played and also pulled down 4 rebounds. He finished with 23 points on 6 of 18 shooting.
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Akron will play this game with a record of 17-7 for the season. They currently have an average of 72.0 points per outing (166th in Division 1) while hitting 43.1% from the field. The Zips are connecting on 35.0% on shots from distance (214 of 612) and 72.8% from the free throw line. As a team, Akron is pulling down 36.0 boards per game and has racked up 318 assists on the year, which is 175th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 11.3 times per game and as a team they are committing 15.8 personal fouls per game.
On defense, the Zips are forcing their opponents into 12.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.2 fouls. They currently rank 95th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 275 relinquished for the season. The Zips defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.0% (561 of 1,335) and they concede 32.8 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are conceding 33.3% on shots from distance while they are 35th in the nation in points per game allowed (63.6).
When they last stepped on the court, the Ohio Bobcats walked away with a victory by a final of 82-76 when they faced Northern Illinois. The Bobcats were able to corral 29 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 for this game. They also turned the ball over 17 times, while recording 4 steals in this game. Northern Illinois had 21 personal fouls for this game which got the Bobcats to the free throw line for a total of 20 tries. They were able to make 16 of them for a percentage of 80.0%. Regarding shooting from downtown, Ohio made 10 of 22 tries (45.5%). In all, the Bobcats finished 28 for 55 from the field which gave them a rate of 50.9%. The Bobcats allowed Northern Illinois to knock down 28 out of their 61 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 45.9% in this matchup. They finished the game shooting 26.3% from beyond the arc by going 5 of 19 and ended up shooting 15 out of 23 from the charity stripe (65.2%). In the matter of attacking the glass, Ohio permitted Northern Illinois to grab 27 overall (6 offensive).
Jaylin Hunter ended up having an impact for the Bobcats for the game. He converted 8 of 13 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 61.5%, and accounted for 7 rebounds. He earned 19 points in his 32 minutes on the court and accumulated 5 dimes in the game.
Ohio has a win-loss record of 13-11 for the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Bobcats are shooting 46.1% from the floor, which is ranked 91st in the nation. Ohio has scored 1,874 pts on the year (78.1 per game) and they pull in 38.0 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 13.1 times per game (199th in D-1) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.6 times per contest. The Bobcats commit 17.9 fouls every game and they hit 72.1% from the charity stripe.
The Ohio defense gives up 35.7% on shots from behind the 3-point line (199 of 557) and opponents are converting on 67.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 13.0 dimes and 34.7 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 204th and 222nd in Division 1. The Bobcats are ranked 292nd in D-1 in points given up per game with 73.6. They are forcing their opponents into 11.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 44.1% from the floor (229th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Ohio
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