Teams looking to once again contend in the Mid-American Conference battle when the Ohio Bobcats face the Akron Zips in a key league matchup on Tuesday night. The Bobcats (10-2, 1-0), who placed fifth in the MAC at 9-5 and were 17-8 overall in 2020-21, have won seven of eight, including five in a row. The Zips (8-3, 1-0), who tied for third in the conference with Kent State at 12-6 and were 15-8 a year ago, have won eight of 10, including six consecutive. The teams split a pair of matchups last season with the home team coming out on top in both.
The game from James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, Ohio, is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. ET. Ohio is averaging 72.3 points per game, while Akron averages 74.4. The Zips are 1.5-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 Akron vs. Ohio picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Ohio vs. Akron, and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Akron vs. Ohio:
- Ohio vs. Akron spread: Akron -1.5
- Ohio vs. Akron over-under: 130.5 points
- Ohio vs. Akron money line: Akron -125, Ohio +105
- 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 have had a lot of success against the Bobcats, winning 14 of the past 21 meetings, and hold a 27-13 edge in games played at Akron, winning 16 of the last 19 meetings at Rhodes Arena. Junior guard Xavier Castaneda has been on a roll, scoring in double figures in each of the last four games, and in five of six. He has reached double figures in seven games this season, including a high of 17 points twice. He scored 17 points in a 102-46 win over Point Park, and matched that total in a 73-66 win over Florida A&M. Castaneda is averaging 11.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
Junior guard Bryan Trimble Jr. is expected back after missing Saturday's game. He has reached double figures in each of his last four games, including a 15-point performance in the win at Wright State on Dec. 15. He has reached double figures in five games this season, including a season-high 23 points in an 88-86 win over Marshall on Dec. 1. For the year, Trimble averages 10.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game.
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
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting 141 combined points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in nearly 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the model's Akron vs. Ohio pick at SportsLine.
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