Offense meets defense when the Akron Zips (2-0) head to Dayton to take on the Flyers (2-2). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 140 points with Dayton set as a 7.5-point favorite. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 25, 2017.
Akron Zips at Dayton Flyers ATS Preview
In the Zips last game, they were victorious over the UT Martin Skyhawks, 76-59. Daniel Utomi was the top scorer from either team with 32 points on 11-for-16 shooting. Akron played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.204 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.602. For those same stats, UT Martin recorded marks of 0.052 and 0.483, respectively.
The Flyers are trying to rebound after their 75-67 loss to the Old Dominion Monarchs in their last outing. Darrell Davis was the games high scorer with 27 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Old Dominion did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (12-17; 70.6 percent). Dayton, on the other hand, had an effective field goal percentage of 0.574 (above their season average of 0.514).
Dayton could put on a ball-control clinic in this battle. Since last season, Dayton ranks 53rd in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.8 percent), while Akron has forced the 65th-fewest turnovers (17.3 percent). Moreover, the 37th-ranked offense of the Zips (offensive efficiency of 113.2) will square off against the 43rd-ranked defense of the Flyers (defensive efficiency of 97.4).
The Zips are 28-8 straight up (SU) since last season, but have struggled covering the spread (15-19 against the spread (ATS)). Akron games have gone under the O/U total 55.9 percent of the time since last season.
The Flyers, on the other hand, are 26-9 SU and 20-13-1 ATS since last season. Games involving Dayton have finished over the O/U total 55.9 percent of the time over that same time frame.
Akron Zips at Dayton Flyers ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Akron, ATS Winner – Akron, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Zips rank 30th in assists allowed per game (11.2) while the Flyers rank 115th (12.7).
- Akron ranks 219th in rebounds per game (34.8) while Dayton ranks 238th (34.3).
- Dayton ranks 36th in steals per game (7.4) while Akron ranks 229th (5.4).
- The Zips average 27.5 three pointers per game, which ranks eighth in the nation. The Flyers rank 186th in three pointers allowed per game (21.7).
- Akron ranks fifth in blocks allowed per game (2.1) while Dayton ranks 143rd (3.4).