The No. 3 seed Akron Zips (22-10, 13-5 MAC) square off in the MAC Tournament against the No. 2 seed Kent State Golden Flashes (26-6, 15-3 MAC) on Friday at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, starting at 7:30 PM.
The Golden Flashes are currently slim 1.5-point favorites against the Zips. The matchup’s over/under is 134.5.
Kent State vs. Akron Odds
Point Spread for Kent State vs. Akron
The spread for this matchup is set at 1.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Kent State as the favorite.
Kent State vs. Akron Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Kent State has -128 odds to pick up the win, while Akron is listed at +107 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 134.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, March 10, 2023
- Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: CBS Sports Network
- Location: Cleveland, Ohio
- Arena: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Kent State vs. Akron Betting Trends
Kent State is 19-11-1 against the spread this year. The Golden Flashes have been victorious in 23, or 88.5%, of the 26 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Kent State’s games this year have gone over the point total 33.3% of the time (10 out of 30 games with a set point total).
Akron has played 30 games, with 12 wins, against the spread. The Zips have a 2-8 record in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 20% of those games). Akron’s games this season have hit the over on 15 of 30 set point totals (50%).
Kent State vs. Akron Key Players to Watch
Malique Jacobs posts 12.8 points, 5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Defensively, he puts up 2.7 steals (fourth in the nation) and 0.8 blocked shots. Miryne Thomas paces his team in rebounds per contest (5.4), and also posts 10.1 points and 0.8 assists. Defensively, he posts 1.2 steals and 0.7 blocked shots. Chris Payton puts up 6.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.4 assists per contest, shooting 76.2% from the floor.
Enrique Freeman is the Zips’ top rebounder (11 per game), and he puts up 16.5 points and 1.9 assists. His rebounding average ranks him sixth in college basketball. Trendon Hankerson gives the Zips 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He also puts up 0.9 steals and 0.5 blocked shots. The Zips get 6.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game from Greg Tribble.
What you need to know about the Kent State Golden Flashes
A total of eight out of Kent State’s 19 MAC games this season have hit the over. So far this season, the Golden Flashes are putting up 76 points per game (78th-ranked in college basketball) and ceding 65.1 points per contest (44th-ranked). Kent State is grabbing 32.3 boards per game (145th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing 30.8 rebounds per contest (161st-ranked).
Kent State is sinking 7.8 threes per game (127th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while sporting a 33.3% three-point percentage (227th-ranked). With 7 treys conceded per game, the Golden Flashes are 154th in college basketball. They are giving up a 31.2% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 46th in college basketball.
The Golden Flashes are 6-4 against the spread and 8-2 overall over their last 10 games. Kent State has hit the over in four of its past 10 games. Kent State has been putting up 77.3 points per game in its last 10 times on the court, an average that’s a little higher than the 76 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign. Kent State has been less stingy on defense as of late, allowing 67.5 points per game over its past 10 outings compared to the 65.1 points per game its opponents are averaging over the 2022-23 season.
What you need to know about the Akron Zips
Akron has compiled a 9-9-1 ATS record so far this season in conference action. At 74.7 points scored per game and 66.6 points allowed, the Zips are 111th in college basketball on offense and 72nd on defense. Akron is 145th in the nation in rebounds per game (32.3) and 47th in rebounds allowed (28.6).
Akron is the 25th-best team in the country in 3-pointers made (9.2 per game) and 104th in 3-point percentage (35.6%). In 2022-23, the Zips are 137th in the nation in 3-pointers conceded (6.9 per game) and 212th in defensive 3-point percentage (34.2%).
The Zips have a 5-5 record against the spread while going 6-4 overall over their past 10 contests. Seven of Akron’s last 10 outings have gone over the total. Akron has performed better offensively in its past 10 games, scoring 80.2 points per contest, 5.5 more than its season average of 74.7. The Zips are allowing 74.3 points per contest over their past 10 games, which is 7.7 more points than they are allowing for the season (66.6).
Kent State vs. Akron Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this matchup is Kent State, and we expect that Akron will cover the spread (Kent State -1.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 134.5 points.
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