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Akron vs. Toledo Prediction, Picks, and Preview for 1/28/2022

Akron takes on Toledo on 1/28/2022 at 07:00 PM.

Hello friends, we have predictions for the Akron-Toledo game. It is time to get rolling with our preview! Akron has a record of 13-5 this season. Toledo is 16-4 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Akron Team Defense Preview





Their defense is above average relative to other teams. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating. Want to score against this defense? They are not going to make it easy. If your movement without the ball and ball movement is not good, you will need to rely more heroic plays and challenging drives to the basket. This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. This defense discourages three point shots a bit more than others. They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of the three point shots of their opposition. They are doing a great job forcing terrible mid-range shots, they are among the leaders in the country at keeping opponents from getting optimal looks at the basket. This is not a team that excels at shot blocking. Either the personnel or strategy is not there. Their defensive rebounding is above average relative to other teams.

Akron Team Offense Preview

You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 109.1, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. They tend to score a bit more off the dribble inside the perimeter than most. They do an above average job protecting the basketball and making decisions on offense.

Their Effective Field Goal Rate is 0.528, which considered to be slightly above average. Their True Shooting Percentage is 0.554 which considered to be slightly above average. They attempt 0.429 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in College Basketball. They made 0.348 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They are able to get to the Free Throw Line quite a bit, but they are not necessarily dependent upon it in their offense. They made 0.668 of their shots from the charity stripe. This is a team that will keep opponents in the game when up with a late narrow lead. They successfully retrieved 31.8% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

Toledo Team Defense Preview

Their defense is above average relative to other teams. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating. Defensively, they are above average at stifling opponent ball movement. Opponents are a little bit disjointed against them. This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

They are doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses, they are among the leaders in the country. They yield a lot of three point shot attempts more so than most teams. A function of matchups and strong defense, their opponents struggle against them from three point range and they are among the best in the country in this respect. This is a decent interior defense or schemed defense that is able to force more mid-range shots. This is not a team that excels at shot blocking. Either the personnel or strategy is not there. Their defensive rebounding is above average relative to other teams.

Toledo Team Offense Preview





Getting excited about an offensive efficiency of 111.9 is going a bit overboard with an above-average offense. And nothing more than that. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. They tend to score a bit more off the dribble inside the perimeter than most. This is a smooth running offense and the players make good decisions on the floor. This typically goes hand-in-hand with strong shot selection and higher Field Goal percentages.

Their Effective Field Goal Rate is 0.527, which considered to be slightly above average. Their True Shooting Percentage is 0.565 which considered to be slightly above average. They attempt 0.313 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made 0.363 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. Getting to the Free Throw Line is a neutral part of the offensive mindset and approach. They made 0.787 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are an above average Free Throw shooting team. They successfully retrieved 29.4% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

The Akron Roster

The Players to Watch for Akron

Ali Ali 6-8 206 pound Forward

Ali Ali sports a 16.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Ali Ali this season has 0.309 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Ali Ali shot 0.446 from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.496 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

When you are defensive sink like Ali Ali opponents will try to find a way to exploit it on the offensive end. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Xavier Castaneda 6-1 195 pound Guard

Xavier Castaneda sports a 20.4 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Xavier Castaneda this season has 0.633 of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is considered one of the more frequent three point shooters in the conference. He made 0.39 of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Xavier Castaneda shot 0.459 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Xavier Castaneda is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Enrique Freeman 6-7 205 pound Forward

Enrique Freeman sports a 26.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Enrique Freeman attempted 0.022 of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Enrique Freeman shot 0.0 from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. He made 0.654 of his two point shots attempted this season. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Bryan Trimble Jr. 6-2 216 pound Guard

Bryan Trimble Jr. has a 11.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Bryan Trimble Jr. this season has 0.782 of his shots attempted from 3 point range It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. Bryan Trimble Jr. shot 0.331 from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.447 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

This season, when shots were missed, Bryan Trimble Jr. is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Bryan Trimble Jr. is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Greg Tribble 6-1 192 pound Guard

Greg Tribble has a 14.0 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Greg Tribble attempted 0.2 of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made 0.222 of his three point shots fired this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Greg Tribble shot 0.486 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

This season, when shots were missed, Greg Tribble is certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Mikal Dawson 6-5 220 pound Guard

Mikal Dawson has a 8.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Mikal Dawson attempted 0.854 of his shots from three point range. It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. Mikal Dawson shot 0.343 from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Mikal Dawson shot 0.417 inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Mikal Dawson is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.





The Toledo Roster

The Players to Watch for Toledo

Rayj Dennis 6-2 180 pound Guard

Rayj Dennis sports a 16.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Rayj Dennis attempted 0.266 of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Rayj Dennis shot 0.38 from long range this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Rayj Dennis shot 0.529 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Rayj Dennis is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Ryan Rollins 6-4 180 pound Guard

Ryan Rollins sports a 26.0 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Ryan Rollins this season has 0.307 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.344 of his three point shots fired this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Ryan Rollins shot 0.537 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Ryan Rollins has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Setric Millner Jr. 6-6 205 pound Forward

Setric Millner Jr. sports a 17.5 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Setric Millner Jr. this season has 0.293 of his shots attempted from 3 point range This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.379 of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Setric Millner Jr. shot 0.491 inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

JT Shumate 6-7 210 pound Forward

JT Shumate has a 25.9 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

JT Shumate attempted 0.421 of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.488 of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.602 of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but JT Shumate is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Ra’Heim Moss 6-4 205 pound Guard

Ra’Heim Moss has a 14.4 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Ra’Heim Moss attempted 0.302 of his shots from three point range. This season, he does not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Ra’Heim Moss shot 0.219 from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. He made 0.622 of his two point shots attempted this season. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Ra’Heim Moss has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Ra’Heim Moss is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Kooper Jacobi 6-6 200 pound Forward

Kooper Jacobi sports a 8.6 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Kooper Jacobi attempted 0.119 of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Kooper Jacobi shot 0.25 from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Kooper Jacobi shot 0.356 inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Akron vs. Toledo Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Akron 59 Toledo 73

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