Free CBB Hoops Pick: Zips vs. Buckeyes Odds
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26-8 Akron Zips vs. Ohio State Buckeyes 20-13
2016 NIT First Round
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Ohio State -5
CBB Betting Total: 146.5
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The NITS gets set to tip off and two bubble teams that really didn’t get much consideration for the NCAA Tournament meet here as the Akron Zips and Ohio State Buckeyes get set for battle.
Akron was eliminated on a last second three in the MAC Championship game while the Buckeyes were sent packing from the Big Ten tourney in the quarterfinals as Michigan State took it to them for a 3rd time this season.
For winning the MAC regular season, the Zips were given this automatic bid to the NIT should they not make the NCAA tournament.
That became the case for them as the 1 seed fell to 4th seeded Buffalo on a last second 3 in the MAC Championship to seal their fate.
On Selection Sunday, Akron maybe thought there would be an outside chance they hear their name given the strong resume they built. However, when the board showed all the bubble teams, they weren’t even listed.
It’s a very disappointing outcome for them, but still the Zips had a phenomenal season and are very poised to upset the Buckeyes here. Akron will rely on their 3 point shooting, a tool that saw them hit at least 10 3’s on 23 separate occasions this season.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes have to lack motivation here.
After Ohio State defeated Iowa and then advanced past Penn State in the Big Ten tourney, it felt like this team had enough on their resume to get in. They also added a win over Kentucky (who is a 4 seed) earlier in the season.
However, the number of bad losses and 3 routes late in the season to Michigan State did them in and put them here in the NIT.
This marks the first time the Buckeyes aren’t dancing since 2008, but that year they did have some success in the NIT. They took down the title, but the motivation was much higher then than today.
Ohio State will try to outclass the Zips with their more physical play. Ohio State will really try to take Akron big man Isaiah Johnson out of the game as he is all the strength and height Akron has inside.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Zips are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games.
- Zips are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
- Zips are 12-3-1 ATS in the third game of a 3-in-5 days situ
- Buckeyes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points.
- Buckeyes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games.
- Buckeyes are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss.
Free Akron Zips vs. Ohio State Buckeyes CBB Prediction:
Akron has the ability to really put the pressure on the Buckeyes here. Ohio State has the advantage strength wise, but the Zips can really shoot the ball from the outside.
Expect Akron to use that three point tool and really keep this close, with a chance at stealing a win late.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Akron Zips +5
This one comes down to the wire, with grabbing the points proving to be the smart move.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Ohio State 72- Akron 70
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