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MAC Final: March Madness Odds Look Strong for Akron vs Kent State

Heading into Saturday’s MAC Championship final, the eighth-seeded Kent State Golden Flashes, sporting a 17-16 overall record and an 8-10 mark in the MAC, aim to defend their title after securing two consecutive upset wins this week.

The Golden Flashes, who recently overcame Bowling Green with a convincing 73-60 victory, are set to face the second-seeded Akron Zips. The Zips, holding a 23-10 overall record and a 10-5 record in conference play, edged Ohio 65-62 as 1 1/2-point favorites.

MAC Final: March Madness Odds Look Strong for Akron vs Kent State
MAC Final: March Madness Odds Look Strong for Akron vs Kent State

This article sets the stage for a riveting MAC Championship showdown between Akron and Kent State, offering insights and predictions for those looking to place a bet online on some Saturday night MAC-tion.


Akron vs Kent State Game Information

  • Game: Akron (23-10) vs Kent State (17-16)
  • Location: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, OH
  • Day/Time: Saturday, Mar 16, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Akron vs Kent State Live Stream: TBS.com


Akron (23-10) will be at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 16, to face Kent State (17-16). The game will start at 7:30 p.m.ET and can be watched on ESPN2/ESPN+

Akron vs Kent State Odds and Spreads

Akron vs Kent State ATS Pick: Akron -5

In recent action, the Akron Zips have demonstrated strong offensive capabilities, averaging 73 points in their last three games and showcasing improved accuracy from the free-throw line with over 76% success. Their rebounding prowess, particularly evident in their first two encounters with Kent State, suggests they might dominate possession and create numerous scoring opportunities.

With fewer than nine turnovers per game, the Zips are poised to maintain control and limit the Golden Flashes’ chances for easy points. Although Kent State has shown defensive strengths, particularly in its latest games, its recent track record reveals vulnerabilities. The team has conceded more than 73 points on average over its last three games and has struggled significantly against the Zips previously.

On the other hand, the Kent State Golden Flashes have secured consecutive wins, including a notable NCAAB betting upset over top-seeded Toledo. However, their offensive game has been lacking, with scores falling below 70 in three of their last four matches and a struggling free-throw performance below 65%.

Kent State’s challenges extend to rebounding and ball handling, where they have shown inconsistency. Meanwhile, Akron’s defense has been formidable, holding opponents under 64 points in three of their last four games and having previously bested Kent State twice this season by an average of 9.5 points.

Given these factors, Akron appears to have a significant edge heading into this matchup. The Zips are expected to continue dominating the Golden Flashes and cover the NCAAB spread in the upcoming game.

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Akron vs Kent State Score Prediction

Akron 68, Kent State 61



Questions of the Day

Which Akron player will finish the game as the top scorer?

Enrique Freeman leads the team with an average of 18.6 PPG and should walk away from this game with a MAC title and a pat on the back for being the leading scorer.

Is either team worth a look to win the National Title?

No. Akron is a good team, but based on current NCAAB finals odds, it isn’t worth a look.

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