Ron's Tuesday College Basketball MAC Slammer

Toledo Rockets (16-9) vs Akron Zips (19-6)

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm

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This is a matchup between #1 and #2 in the MAC standings and a potential conference final preview. Akron got the better of the Rockets in the first meeting at home, but with Toledo at home here and looking for revenge, I like the Rockets' chances. Toledo is known to be all-offense and no defense, and while that is mostly true, I do think Toledo's defense is a bit better than its current efficiency numbers. Toledo does force some tough shots and I like the fact that the Rockets force some turnovers, take care of the defensive glass, and are disciplined. Akron scores a lot of its points from three and the FT line but that bodes well for Toledo in my opinion. In the first meeting, Toledo was ice-cold from the perimeter shooting just 16.7% from three! That shouldn't be the case here as Toledo is 25th nationally in three-point shooting %. Even though Toledo is a sharp-shooting team, the Rockets score a lot of their points in the paint via two-point field goals, and that has to be a worry for Akron which is just 178th in two-point defense and can be beat there. I think this matchup benefits Toledo statistically but when you add in home-court advantage and the revenge factor, it is a no-brainer for me. Give me Toledo.

Ron’s Pick Toledo Rockets: -2 -110

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