Bet Akron -3 With Your NCAA Basketball Picks vs. Kent State

Jake Walker

Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:46 PM GMT

The Akron Zips (21-5) visit MAC Center to battle the Kent State Golden Flashes (17-9). Akron is favored by 3 points on the NCAA Basketball odds board and the total has been set at 146.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Akron -3 
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Akron Zips
The Akron Zips have won eight of their last nine games, including last Tuesday's 80-70 win against the Buffalo Bulls. Antino Jackson led the way for Akron with 20 points. Buffalo tied the game at 64 midway through the second half but Akron answered with a 16-4 run and led 80-68 with 1:43 left.

Akron scores 77.7 points per game and shoots 43.7 percent from the floor and 39.7 percent from three-point range and they pull down 37.7 rebounds per game. The Zips allow 67.8 points per game and their opponents shoot 41.1 percent overall and 28.1 percent from beyond the arc and pull down 33.8 rebounds per game. Isaiah Johnson leads the team with 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds, Antino Jackson averages 11.8 points per game and Reggie McAdams adds 11.0 points per game.

 

Kent State Golden Flashes
The Kent State Golden Flashes have lost four of their last six games, but they're coming off an 84-78 overtime win against the Western Michigan Broncos last Tuesday. Galal Cancer finished with 24 points, including two key free-throws in overtime to help Kent State beat Western Michigan. Jimmy Hall and Kellon Thomas scored 15 points apiece in the victory.

The Golden Flashes average 74.7 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting overall and 32.8 percent shooting from three-point range and they pull down 37.4 rebounds per game. Defensively, Kent State allows 72.4 points per game and their opponents shoot 44.2 percent from the floor and 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and grab 29.0 rebounds per game. Jimmy Hall leads Kent State with 16.2 points and 7.7 rebounds. Xavier Pollard averages 12.2 points per game and Kellon Thomas adds 12.1 points per game.  

 

Betting Trends
Akron is 12-7 ATS, 10-4 ATS as a favorite, 6-3 ATS after scoring 80 points or more and 7-5 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record. Kent State is 9-12 ATS, 3-7 ATS when the total is 140 to 149.5, 1-4 ATS in February games and 6-7 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record. 

 

Final Analysis
Akron is a 3-point favorite on the NCAA Basketball odds board and the total has been set at 146. The betting trends favor Akron and they also hold the matchup edge against Kent State in points per game, free-throw percentage, defense, turnovers and bench. The Zips are on a roll while the Golden Flashes haven't played well lately. I like Akron at a value price of -3 for one of my NCAA Basketball picks as we approach March Madness.