Red-hot teams looking to stay perfect in Mid-American Conference action clash when the Ohio Bobcats take on the Akron Zips on Tuesday. The Bobcats (10-2, 1-0), who have won five in a row, are coming off a 59-47 win at Western Michigan on Saturday. The Zips (8-3, 1-0) are on a six-game winning streak despite having three games postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. They are coming off an 88-76 conference-opening win over Buffalo on New Year’s Day, after their conference matchup with Northern Illinois was postponed. Akron leads the all-time series 45-41, including a 27-14 edge in games played in Akron.
Tip-off from James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, Ohio, is set for 6 p.m. ET. The Zips are one-point favorites in the latest Ohio vs. Akron odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 130.5. Before making any Ohio vs. Akron picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Ohio vs. Akron spread: Akron -1 Ohio vs. Akron over-under: 130.5 points OHIO: The Bobcats are 5-1 against the spread in their last six Tuesday games AKR: The Zips are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games
Why Akron can cover
The Zips are hard to beat at home as Akron has compiled a 436-131 (.766) all-time record at Rhodes Arena, including a 230-35 (86.6 percent) mark there over the last 16 seasons. Sophomore forward Ali Ali is one of four players who average in double digits for the Zips. He has scored in double figures in eight games this season, including each of the past six. He poured in a season-high 32 points and grabbed four assists in Saturday’s win over Buffalo. Ali averages 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
Also powering Akron is sophomore forward Enrique Freeman, who is averaging a double-double with 12.7 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. Freeman registered his seventh double-double of the season against Buffalo when he scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He had a season-high 24 points and a season high-tying 14 rebounds in an 88-86 victory over Marshall on Dec. 1. On Dec. 6, Freeman was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week.
Why Ohio can cover
Sophomore guard Mark Sears tops the Bobcats in scoring, averaging 18.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and two steals per game. He is making 47.2 percent of his field goals, including 44.1 percent from 3-point range, as well as 90.5 percent of his free throws. Sears has scored in double figures in all 12 games, including a season-high 33 points in an 85-70 win over South Carolina Upstate on Dec. 21. He poured in 21 points in the win over Western Michigan on New Year’s Day.
Sixth-year senior forward Jason Carter returned to Ohio this year after spending the last two seasons at Xavier. He is a solid offensive option, averaging 13.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. Carter has reached double-digit scoring in 11 of 12 games, and has posted a pair of double-doubles. At Western Michigan on Saturday, Carter scored 17 points, and grabbed eight rebounds.
How to make Ohio vs. Akron picks
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