Tennessee State Tigers at Akron Zips ATS Prediction


A five-game home winning streak hangs in the balance for the Akron Zips (6-4) when they clash with the Tennessee State Tigers (3-6) at James A. Rhodes Arena. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

Tennessee State Tigers vs. Akron Zips Betting Odds

In their last game, the Zips won big over the Cedarville Yellow Jackets, 70-50, while the Tigers lost to the Lipscomb Bisons, 86-79.

Akron played a perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.183 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.492. For those same stats, Cedarville was 0.016 and 0.389, respectively. Tennessee State, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (15.6 vs. 20.3). Jimond Ivey had a good outing for Akron, recording 12 points and 11 rebounds. Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey, meanwhile fueled Tennessee State with 26 points and six rebounds.

Ball security could play an integral role in this meeting. Since last season, Akron has committed the ninth-fewest miscues in the country (turnover percentage of 18.7 percent), while the pesky defense of Tennessee State has forced the 42nd-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 23.1 percent). It will also be a battle of contrasting tempos as the fast-breaking Tigers rank 15th in possessions per game, while the more half-court oriented Zips rank 283rd.

Tennessee State vs. Akron Odds Pick

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Tennessee State, ATS Winner – Tennessee State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Tennessee State ranks 34th in steals per game (7.4) while Akron ranks 190th (5.6).
  • The Zips are second in the nation with 12.0 assists allowed per game while the Tigers are 16th with 13.3 assists allowed per game.
  • The Zips rank eighth in blocks allowed per game (3.1) while the Tigers rank 151st (3.3).
  • Akron ranks 10th in three pointers per game (27.3) while Tennessee State ranks 55th (22.9).