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The Akron Zips are well on their way towards competing for the NCAA Tournament. The Zips are coming off a strong showing against the Bowling Green Falcons.
The Central Michigan Chippewas are struggling to push their way up in the NCAA Tournament contention. The Chippewas are heading into the contest after a tough loss to the Eastern Michigan Eagles.
Zips led by offensive productionIt has been nothing short of a promising season for the Zips that has seen them push forward towards being well in the mix for contention for the NCAA Tournament. They have had strong production across the board that has helped find much success court, which they have won their previous two games heading into Friday's contest. Their production has come largely from their offense that is averaging 76.3 points per contest on 44.5 percent shooting from the floor. They have tallied north of 70 points three times in their previous five games played. They have had some strong production from junior guard Loren Cristian Jackson, who has been their primary scorer.
Jackson has been Akron's driving force offensively as he's leading the way with 18.9 points on 46.9 percent shooting from the floor and 44.9 percent from beyond the arc and 4.8 assists per contest. He has been on a tear in the last five games as he has three 20-point outings which have each been above 25 points and has been topped by 35 points against Ohio. Jackson will have to continue to pick up the pace offensively if they hope to pull out a road against another offensive-minded team in Central Michigan on the road. That will need them to put forth a balanced effort.
Chippewas looking for home cookingThe Chippewas haven't had the same type of success that the Zips have experienced this season, but they are not too far behind them this year. Central Michigan has stumbled a bit entering Friday's game after falling in their previous two games, which has seen their offense take a notable dip in each game, notching 70 or fewer points in both instances. Before that, they had back-to-back games with at least 85 points that guided them to comfortable wins. The Chippewas have had a capable offense that is averaging 81.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting from the floor. That seen senior forward David Dileo step up as their primary scorer as he's averaging 14.9 points on 46.1 percent shooting from the floor and 39.9 percent from deep.
Dileo has been their most consistent scoring option this year, which he has shown in the previous five games as he tallied double-digit outputs in each game with a pair of 20-point performances. His production will need to be on point to match his recent uptick with those strong outings coming in two out of his three last contests. At the same time, there should be some concern with their defense that is allowing 75.7 points per contest, which means their uptempo style has often come to hurt them, which could very turn out to be the case against the Zips. There is more than enough reason to believe that it will be a high-scoring affair with their struggling to keep down Akron's more than capable offense.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: N/A
- Akron is 7-1 ATS in their last eight games on the road.
- Akron is 7-1 ATS in their last eight games played in February.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
That should be one of the more entertaining games on the slate on Friday night as they both have high-powered offenses. There should be plenty of back-and-forth action between them with the Zips taking advantage of the Chippewas' struggling defense that has been part of the reason they have struggled as of late. That seen them allow at least 70 points three times in their previous five games played. Expect Jackson to stay on the same upward trend with his scoring that should be enough to lift his team to a win on the road on Friday night in Mid-American Conference play.
Prediction: Akron -5
Full-Game Total Pick
Although these two teams have struggled to break through offensively over the last couple of games played, they each have formidable offenses. That should see this become a game dictated by their respective play on that end of the floor. The Chippewas have notched two games with at least 85 points in their last five games played. Meanwhile, the Zips have tallied north of 70 points three times in their previous games played. It also helps that Central Michigan has allowed more than 75 points per game, which should set the tone for an offensive affair between these two sides.
Prediction: Over 155