Akron Zips vs. Ball State Cardinals: 1/30/2021 Matchup Betting Preview, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on January 30, 2021

The Akron Zips (7-3) are 4.5-point favorites as they attempt to extend a five-game winning streak when they host the Ball State Cardinals (5-6) on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at James A. Rhodes Arena. The matchup airs at 2:00 PM ET on ESP3. The matchup’s point total is set at 145.

Betting Information

Akron vs Ball State Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Akron -4.5 -113 -110 145 -108 -113 -205 165

Computer Picks

Computer picks for Akron vs Ball State
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
Akron (-4.5) Over (145) Akron 76 Ball State 70

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Total Facts

  • In 70% of their games this year (seven of 10 chances), the Zips and their opponents have recorded more than this matchup’s over/under of 145 points.
  • In eight of 11 outings (72.7%) this season, Ball State has combined with its opponents to score more than 145 points.
  • The two teams average a combined 8.2 more points per game (153.2) than this game’s over/under of 145 points.
  • The Zips and the Cardinals have seen their opponents average a combined 2.4 less points per game than the point total of 145 set in this outing.
  • The average over/under the Zips have had set in matchups this season is 4.6 more points than this outing’s point total.
  • Cardinals games this season have averaged a total of 146.2 points, 1.2 more than the point total in this matchup.

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Akron Betting Information

  • Akron has been good against the spread, going 5-3 this season.
  • When favored by at least 4.5 points, the Zips have fared well against the spread, putting up a 3-2 record.
  • Akron and its foes have combined to reach or surpass the over in 4 of 8 games this season (50%).

Ball State Betting Information

  • Ball State has covered the spread in fewer than half of its outings, going 4-7 ATS.
  • When they are at least 4.5-point underdogs, the Cardinals have a record ATS of 2-1.
  • The Cardinals and their opponents have hit the over in more than half of their games this year — 9 of 11 (81.8%).

Head to Head

Akron vs Ball State (Last 2 Games)
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
1/10/2020 Akron -4 137 -192 +155 Regular Season 75-60 AKRON
2/16/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 57-56 BALLST

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Akron Leaders

  • The Zips leader in points and assists is Loren Cristian Jackson, who puts up 20.9 points per game along with 6.8 assists.
  • Enrique Freeman is Akron’s best rebounder, hauling in an average of 9.5 boards in each contest while scoring 9.1 points per game.
  • Bryan Trimble Jr.’s 3.3 made threes per game lead the Zips.
  • Trimble is Akron’s leader in steals, averaging 1.0 steal per game, while Freeman leads them in blocks with 1.4 per contest.

Ball State Leaders

  • K.J. Walton racks up 16.1 points per game and is the top scorer for the Cardinals.
  • The Ball State leaders in rebounding and assists are Miryne Thomas with 5.6 rebounds per game (he also adds 7.9 points and 1.3 assists per game) and Ishmael El-Amin with 3.5 assists per game (he also tacks on 15.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game).
  • El-Amin’s 2.1 made threes per game lead the Cardinals.
  • The Cardinals’ leader in steals is El-Amin with 1.8 per game, and Blake Huggins is their leader in blocks with 0.8 per game.
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