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.
The Zips had an easy job in OxfordAkron 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’ offenseOhio 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.
- 1-5 ATS in the last six games at home
- 3-6 ATS in the last nine games overall
- 5-12 ATS in the last 17 games against Akron
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: Akron:
- 6-0 ATS in the last six games on the road
- 5-1 ATS in the last six games overall
- 5-1 ATS in the last six contests against the MAC