Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Zips and Bobcats. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Bobcats at Convocation Center (OH) in Athens, OH. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this Mid-American conference game currently have Ohio as the -1 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 144.5 points.


The Pick: Ohio Bobcats -1

This game will be played at Convocation Center (OH) at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, February 27th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Bobcats.
  • Not only will Ohio pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 144.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can the Zips Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?

After a win over Kent State, Akron is 20-7 this season and 12-2 in Mid-American Conference play. The Zips are 8-6 on the road this year, compared to 10-1 at home.

With a record of 2-6 as the underdog, Akron is the underdog for the eighth time this season, going 16-1 as the favorite. Their average scoring margin on the road is +2.9, and they are 6-4 in their last 10 games away from home.

As the underdog this season, Akron has gone 4-4 vs. the spread. On the road, the Zips are 6-8 ATS this year and they are 0-3 ATS in their last 3 road games. Over their last 10 road games, Akron has gone 4-6 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Akron games is 9-16. Today's line of 144.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (141.6). In their last three games, the average scoring total is 141 points compared to their season average of 139. Today's OU line is higher than the average scoring total in their last three games (141) and their last five games (133). Over their last 10 games, their OU record is 2-8.

Coming off their recent game, the Akron offense tallied 83 points in a matchup against Kent State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 50%, and they made 8 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Enrique Freeman who comes into today's matchup averaging 18.3. Ali Ali also heads into the game with a PPG average of 15.5.

At present, the Zips' defense is nationally ranked 24th, allowing 65.0 points per game. The Akron defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 70 points and allowed Kent State to connect on 8 threes.

Will Ohio Win at Home?

Ohio comes into this game as a slight favorite, as they have been the favored team in 21 of their 27 games this season. The Bobcats have gone 13-8 when favored, compared to 1-4 when they are the underdog.

At home, Ohio has been even better, going 11-5 compared to their 3-7 record on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +6.6, and they have won their last six games at home.

As the favorite this season, Ohio has gone 11-10 vs. the spread. Their home ATS record is 9-7 and their last 10 ATS mark as the favorite is 8-2.

So far this season, the over/under record for Ohio games is 13-13. Today's over/under line of 144.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (150.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 142 points.

Ohio's offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 80 points against Northern Illinois. They had an overall field goal percentage of 52.7% and made 13/22 free throws. The team's scoring leader is Jaylin Hunter, who holds an average of 14.4 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, Shereef Mitchell is averaging 12.8 points per game this season.

On defense, Ohio is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 71.8 points per game. In their previous game vs. Northern Illinois, the Huskies finished with a field goal percentage of 41% and a total of 59 points vs. Ohio.