The time is here for more of our sparkling CBB picks, as we look at the schedule for basketball for Friday night. The Akron Zips and North Dakota State Bison will have it in a nationally televised game, which can be seen on the college basketball TV schedule on ESPN2.
Free College Hoops Picks: North Dakota State Bison @ Akron Zips
Date: Friday, February 22nd, 7:00 ET
Location: James A. Rhodes Arena, Akron, OH
North Dakota State vs. Akron Live TV: ESPN2
The BracketBusters schedule kicks off on Friday night with a battle of teams that are probably not going to get into the NCAA Tournament unless they end up getting the automatic bid from their respective conferences. The Zips are clearly going to be the team to pick in this one. North Dakota State has played a ton of lined road games this year, but it has failed to cover four in a row on the road in the Summit League, including getting popped by South Dakota State, Western Illinois, and Oakland, the three best teams aside from the Bison that the conference has to offer. C Zeke Marshall and the Zips bring a big time defense to the table though, and it is going to be difficult for the Bison to ultimately get on the board all that often. It has been four games since anyone scored more than 62 against this team, and that isn’t going to be an exception to that rule. Akron hasn’t been the best ATS team in the world this year, but it is still a battle-tested team that is going to have the home court advantage on its side in a rare nationally televised game. The juices will be flowing, and in the end, the college basketball odds will be beaten by the Zips.
North Dakota State vs. Akron Pick: Akron Zips -6.5
North Dakota State vs. Akron Prediction: Akron 67 – North Dakota State 58