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Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Akron Zips Point Spread Prediction

Time: 7 PM EST Friday March 7, 2014, ESPN

Location: James A. Rhodes Arena, Akron, Ohio

The Akron Zips host the Kent State Golden Flashes in a MAC match up.

In their last games: Akron beat Buffalo 83-71 and Kent State lost to Miami of Ohio 73-61.

In their win over Buffalo the FW duo of Quincy Diggs and Demetrius Treadwell combined for 42 points and overall the Zips shot 51.8% from the floor.

The main reason Kent State lost to Miami of Ohio is that they played poor defense allowing the Redhawks to shoot 52% from the field.

Earlier this season at Kent State the Golden Flashes beat the Zips 60-57.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

Kent State has lost 3 of their last 4 games.

After losing 3 in a row Akron has won 2 straight.

This season Akron is 12-2 at home and Kent State is 5-7 on the road.

In the last 4 games between these 2 teams the Under record is 3-0-1.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Akron -6.5
Total Line: 135
Money Line: Golden Flashes +245 / Zips -295

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Kent State Golden Flashes: 16-14 SU 12-15 ATS
Akron Zips: 19-11 SU 9-17 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• GS is 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road games.
• GS is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
• GS has an Under record of 3-0-1 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• AKR is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.
• AKR is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
• AKR has an Under record of 21-5 in their last 26 home games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Kent State Golden Flashes: 70.92
Akron Zips: 74.36

Key Player Injuries

No injuries to report at this time.

[F] 03/06/2014 – Reggie McAdams is upgraded to probable Friday vs. Kent State ( Mononucleosis )
[F] 03/06/2014 – Jake Kretzer “?” Friday vs. Kent State ( Concussion )

Point Spread Pick:

The Zips have been a bit of a money burner at home with their 4-6 against the spread on lined games but they are 12-2 straight up losing only to two of the better clubs in the MAC. Kent State isn’t one of the top teams in the conference but they aren’t too far off if you base their talent level on how they played versus Ohio in their 75-61 road win. They followed that with a putrid effort at home against Miami (Ohio), so consistency is an issue. Especially at home where they are a bankroll crushing 4-11 ATS. Backing the Golden Flashes on the road this season has been a different story with them getting the money in 8 of their 12 games, so we expect them to rebound with a solid effort tonight.
Take the Kent State Golden Flashes +6.5

Why waste money? Bet this game at and lay -105 instead of -110!

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