Kent State vs. Akron MAC Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, March 10, 2023
The No. 3 seed Akron Zips (22-10, 13-5 MAC) are 1.5-point underdogs in their MAC Tournament matchup against the No. 2 seed Kent State Golden Flashes (26-6, 15-3 MAC) on Friday at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, tipping off at 7:30 PM on CBS Sports Network. The winner moves one step closer to the conference championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The point total for the matchup is set at 134.5.
Kent State vs. Akron Odds
- Kent State odds to win: -129
- Akron odds to win: +108
- Spread: Kent State (-1.5)
- Total: 134.5
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Friday, March 10, 2023
- Time: 7:30 PM ET
- TV: CBS Sports Network
- Where: Cleveland, Ohio
- Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Who Will Win Kent State vs. Akron?
Kent State and Akron Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
Kent State is 15-11-1 against the spread when favored by 1.5 points or more this season.
Akron has a 2-8 record against the spread when an underdog by 1.5 points or more this season.
These two teams average 150.7 points per game combined, 16.2 more than the over/under of 134.5.
Opponents of these teams have averaged a combined 131.7 points per game, 2.8 fewer than the point total in this game.
The average point total for Kent State’s games this season is 6.6 more points than the over/under of 134.5 in this matchup.
The average point total for the Zips this year is 6.8 points higher than this game’s over/under.
So far this season, the Golden Flashes have compiled a 19-11-1 record against the spread.
The Zips have a 12-17-1 record against the spread this season.
Kent State Stats & Insights
Kent State has a +350 scoring differential, topping opponents by 10.9 points per game. It is putting up 76 points per game to rank 78th in college basketball and is giving up 65.1 per outing to rank 44th in college basketball.
The 32.3 rebounds per game Kent State averages rank 145th in college basketball, and are 1.5 more than the 30.8 its opponents pull down per outing.
The Golden Flashes make 7.8 three-pointers per game (127th in college basketball), while their opponents have made 7 on average.
Kent State puts up 96.6 points per 100 possessions (109th in college basketball), while allowing 82.7 points per 100 possessions (12th in college basketball).
When playing at home, the Golden Flashes are averaging 15.6 more points per game (83.9) than they are when playing on the road (68.3).
Akron Stats & Insights
Akron’s +260 scoring differential (outscoring opponents by 8.1 points per game) is a result of putting up 74.7 points per game (111th in college basketball) while allowing 66.6 per outing (72nd in college basketball).
Akron wins the rebound battle by 3.7 boards on average. It collects 32.3 rebounds per game, 145th in college basketball, while its opponents pull down 28.6.
Akron knocks down 9.2 three-pointers per game (25th in college basketball), 2.3 more than its opponents.
Akron ranks 47th in college basketball averaging 99.3 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively is 94th, allowing 88.5 points per 100 possessions.
In 2022-23 the Zips are averaging 10.1 more points per game at home (79.9) than away (69.8).
Kent State Key Players to Watch
The Golden Flashes leader in points and assists is Sincere Carry, who puts up 17.3 points per game along with 4.9 assists.
Kent State’s best rebounder is Miryne Thomas, who averages 5.4 boards per game in addition to his 10.1 PPG average.
The Golden Flashes get the most three-point shooting production out of Thomas, who knocks down 1.9 threes per game.
Malique Jacobs is Kent State’s leader in steals, averaging 2.7 steals per game, while Chris Payton leads them in blocks with one per contest.
Akron Key Players to Watch
The Zips’ Xavier Castaneda racks up enough points (21.8 per game) and assists (2.9 per game) to sit atop the squad’s leaderboards.
Enrique Freeman’s stat line of 11 rebounds, 16.5 points and 1.9 assists per game helps him grab the top spot on the Akron rebounding leaderboard.
Castaneda hits 3.6 three-pointers per game, the most on the Zips.
Akron’s leader in steals is Nate Johnson with 1.1 per game, and its leader in blocks is Freeman with 1.1 per game.
Kent State vs. Akron Prediction
- Pick ATS:
- Pick OU:
Kent State 71, Akron 70
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