The Akron Zips (1-0) will be at home in James A. Rhodes Arena when they square off against the UT Martin Skyhawks (1-2). Akron opened as a 6-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 148 points. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
UT Martin Skyhawks vs. Akron Zips ATS Preview
In the Skyhawks last matchup, they were victorious over the North Carolina Central Eagles, 74-57. With 15 points and 11 rebounds, UT Martins Fatodd Lewis had a good game. UT Martin dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.206 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.8. For those same stats, North Carolina Central was 0.119 and 24.4, respectively.
The Zips will look to maintain momentum after beating the Cleveland State Vikings in their last outing, 67-57. With 20 points on 7-for-17 shooting, Daniel Utomi was the top scorer from either team. The Zips had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (17.1 vs. 9.3) and had a much better free throw rate (0.297 vs. 0.182).
Akron could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their high-powered offense squares off against one of the worst defenses in the nation. Since the 2016-17 season, the Zips rank 40th in offensive efficiency, while UT Martin ranks 259th in defensive efficiency.
Since last season, the Skyhawks are 22-14 straight up (SU) and 14-16-1 against the spread (ATS). UT Martin games have finished over the O/U total 51.6 percent of the time since last season.
The Zips are 27-8 SU since last season, but have struggled covering the spread (14-19 ATS). A little over half of Akrons games have finished under the O/U total over that same time frame.
UT Martin Skyhawks at Akron Zips ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Akron, ATS Winner – UT Martin, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- Akron averages 27.4 three pointers per game, which ranks ninth in the NCAA. UT Martin ranks 311th in three pointers allowed per game (26.2).
- The Zips rank 36th in assists allowed per game (11.3) while the Skyhawks rank 275th (15.6).
- Akron ranks fifth in blocks allowed per game (2.1) while UT Martin ranks 56th (2.8).