Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Golden Flashes vs Zips CBB Odds
Looking for Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Akron Zips NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Golden Flashes taking on the Zips on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the James A. Rhodes Arena, Akron, Ohio. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this Golden Flashes Zips matchup.
17-5 (6-3 C) Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Akron Zips 13-9 (5-4 C)
Date: Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: James H. Rhodes Arena, Akron, Ohio
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Akron -5
CBB Betting Total: 134
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Quality MAC East opponents Kent State and Akron meet in Akron Friday night to highlight an ESPNU-televised encounter.
With a recent win vs. MAC West-leading Buffalo, the Kent State Zips look to improve an already impressive 6-3 road record vs. host Akron. Meanwhile, the Akron Zips have lost just once on their home floor this season, with that setback coming against then nationally-ranked Clemson.
The Zips also sport the nation’s 14th best defense, allowing a stingy 62.4 ppg. However, Kent State has defeated a better quality of opposition. It’s also worth noting Akron has lost two-consecutive contests as of tonight’s matchup.
Kent State Golden Eagles
Kent State is a dark horse candidate to win the Mac East and vie for an NCAA Tournament bid. Since the Golden Eagles’ hard-luck defeat vs. #14 ranked Buffalo, the team has won two-straight, including a gritty 70-67 road win over Miami of Ohio.
High-scoring senior guard Jaylin Walker’s 27 points, along with superb team free-throw shooting (21-23 FTM) proved too much on Tuesday night for Miami of Ohio to overcome.
Keep an eye on 6’3 Walker tonight, as his scoring outbursts will be essential if Kent State is to gain a seventh road win and keep pace with the MAC’s upper echelon.
Behind a smothering defense the Zips have put together a respectable season, but lack a signature win. Tonight, however, a victory could change that narrative and propel Akron into the conference’s regular season title race.
Though, for that to happen, all thoughts of the Zips’ recent 63-52 loss vs. standout Toledo must be forgotten.
Against a quality Rockets grouping, which Kent State narrowly defeated in OT Jan. 22, Akron failed to find offensive rhythm.
Akron shot a dismal 14% from deep, and 28% overall in a performance which fully highlighted their strengths and limitations. Those limitations cannot continue if Akron is to take the next step on a home floor they’ve defended so well all season.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Kent State is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games overall.
- Akron is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games overall.
- Kent State is 6-3 SU in road games overall.
- Akron is 10-1 in home games overall.
Free Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Akron Zips NCAAB Prediction:
On paper, this matchup has statistical intrigue. Akron is a dominant home team; Kent State is good on the road. Both have faced a solid mutual opponent in Toledo, with Kent State proving superior. However, an upset could occur if the defensively-constructed Zips limit Alcorn State’s do-everything Jaylin Walker (23.2 ppg).
To avoid this potential trap, the Golden Flashes must receive offensive production from its secondary scorers. Upperclassmen Alcorn State guards Jalen Avery and Antonio Williams could ultimately decide the game’s outcome.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Kent State +5
A solid defensive team can generally limit an opponent featuring just one star player. But when that team is also 10-1 on its home floor, even if an underdog, the potential upset is too enticing to pass on.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Kent State 67 – Akron 70
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