Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
The Akron Zips are picked to win the MAC East this season given the amount of veteran experience that returns for this roster and this group has gotten off to a nice start this season standing 7-2 overall heading into this test on the road against Gonzaga. Akron has been putting up some strong results on both ends of the court ranking 67th in the nation in scoring average and 57th in total defense. Akron is 0-2 on the road this season losing at Youngstown State and Creighton. In their last outing Akron beat Coppin State at home by a final of 87-63. For Akron Isaiah Johnson has led the team averaging 15.2 points per game.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs have impressed out of the gate standing 9-0 overall bringing the effort on both ends of the court to open the year against an up and down slate. Gonzaga has been downright dominant on their home court this season and the Bulldogs currently rank an impressive 24th in the nation in scoring average and 62nd in total defense. In their last outing Gonzaga took down another Pac 12 opponent getting past in-state foe Washington at home by a final of 98-71. Gonzaga has reloaded their roster nicely after losing their top two contributors this past offseason as Washington transfer Nigel Williams-Goss leads the team averaging 13.7 points per game.
Gonzaga is incredibly difficult to slow down offensively given they have 7 guys that are averaging at or around 10 points per game. The Bulldogs have been consistently proving themselves in the nonconference and been blowing teams out on the regular at home. We like the Bulldogs to come through today as they go on to win and cover the spread.
Gonzaga -16.5 -110