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Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 3:30pm EST
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Akron Zips vs. Ohio Bobcats

NBA: Saturday, January 25, Convocation Center, Athens, Ohio, 3:30 PM ET

The Akron Zips (15-4; 11-6 ATS) will take on the Ohio Bobcats (10-9; 7-10 ATS) in the Mid-American Conference showdown at Convocation Center on Saturday afternoon. These two schools will meet for the first time this season, and the Zips have won six of their last nine encounters with the Bobcats.

Akron is topping the MAC East standings at the moment, going 5-1 in the conference play so far. The Zips are three games ahead of the Bobcats who sit at the fifth spot of the MAC East and have dropped three of their last four games overall.

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The Zips had an easy job in Oxford

Akron is coming off a comfortable 81-60 victory at the Miami (OH) RedHawks this past Tuesday, recording their sixth win in seven games. The Zips dominated the RedHawks for all 40 minutes and had a 19-point lead at halftime. They shot excellent 52.6% from the field and 58.3% from beyond the arc, nailing 14 triples out of 24 attempts. Loren-Cristian Jackson had 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field; Xeyrius Williams posted 19 points and seven rebounds, while Tyler Cheese added 18 points and five assists.

The Zips enter the clash against the Bobcats as No. 63 at the NCAA NET Rankings and No. 59 at the latest KenPom Rankings. They score 109.4 points per 100 possessions (44th in the country) on 44.9% shooting from the field (120th), allowing 97.2 points in a return (92nd) on 39.0% shooting from the field (37th). Junior guard Loren-Cristian Jackson leads the way for the Zips, averaging 17.6 points and 5.1 assists per game. Senior guard Tyler Cheese averages 15.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest, while senior forward Xeyrius Williams adds 14.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.

The Bobcats couldn’t cope with the Rockets’ offense

Ohio is coming off an 83-74 home loss to the Toledo Rockets this past Tuesday. The Bobcats couldn’t find a way to slow down the Rockets’ offense, allowing them to make 48.3% of their field goals and 40.0% of their 3-pointers. Ohio shot 38.9% from the field and posted 16 offensive rebounds, but it wasn’t enough considering a poor defensive effort. Jason Preston had a great game, scoring 27 points to go with seven rebounds and eight assists, while Ben Roderick added 11 points off the bench.

The Bobcats enter the clash against the Zips as No. 207 at the NCAA NET Rankings and No. 221 at the latest KenPom Rankings. They score 101.2 points per 100 possessions (187th in the country) on 44.7% shooting from the field (130th), surrendering 106.0 points in a return (260th) on 42.3% shooting from the field (175th). Sophomore guard Jason Preston leads the way for the Zips, averaging 16.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game. Another sophomore Ben Vander Plas is posting 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Jordan Dartis is adding 13.4 points per game.

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The Zips are enjoying a wonderful season, and I expect them to tally another win when they meet the slumping Bobcats. Ohio is in crisis, losing five of its last seven games overall and three of its previous for contests on the home court. The Bobcats have been struggling defensively lately, and their fragile D will be a massive issue against the Zips. Akron’s offense is working like a well-oiled machine at the moment, and the Zips should dominate the Bobcats offensively. Hereof, give me the visitors to cover. The Zips are perfect against the spread over their last six showings away from home.

Prediction: Akron Zips -5.5 (-110)

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While the Bobcats’ defense is a huge issue, their offense is doing a solid job. The Bobcats have a few very talented players including Jason Preston, and they should be capable of putting some serious numbers on the scoreboard against the Zips. Akron’s D is not an elite one, but its offense is a top-50 in the country. The Zips play at a fast tempo, averaging 70.3 possessions per 40 minutes (82nd in the country), so I expect to see a proper high-scoring affair when they meet the Bobcats. Ohio’s last three home games went in the over, as well as seven of the last 11 encounters between Akron and Ohio.

Prediction: Over 145.0 points (-110)
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