Bowling vs. Drake - 12/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Drake Bulldogs (4-3) at Bowling Green Falcons (5-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Stroh Center)
The Line: Bowling Green Falcons -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Drake Bulldogs will travel to the Stroh Center to take on the Bowling Green Falcons this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Drake Bulldogs won their 2nd straight game and improved to 4-3 (0-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the UIC Flames, 83-62, this past Saturday. Drake used a big 2nd half in which they outscored UIC by a 47-32 margin to secure the victory. Drake shot 52.5% from the field and 52.6% (10-19) from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs held the Flames to 39.7% shooting from the field and forced UIC into committing 20 turnovers. Leading the way for Drake was Kale Abrahamson who had 23 points and 5 rebounds. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Kyle Abrahamson (19.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Reed Timmer (18.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.0 apg), and Graham Woodward (13.3 ppg, 3.3 apg). Offensively, Drake is averaging 76.4 ppg on 49.9% shooting. The Bulldogs average 8.0 three-pointers per game on 44.8% three-point shooting. Defensively, Drake is allowing their opponents to average 68.3 ppg on 41.8% shooting. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of -1.7.
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The Bowling Green Falcons won their 4th straight game and improved to 5-2 (0-0 MAC East) on the season after defeating the UMBC Retrievers, 72-64, this past Wednesday. Bowling Green found themselves down by four at halftime but used a 31-12 run in the 2nd half to get a double-digit lead and secure the win. Bowling Green shot 45.5% from the field and committed 17 turnovers in the victory. The Falcons held the Retrievers to 39.2% shooting from the field and outrebounded UMBC by a 38-28 margin. Leading the way for Bowling Green was Spencer Parker who had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Falcons have been led by Spencer Parker (14.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Zack Denny (13.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.6 spg), and Wesley Alcegaire (10.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg). Offensively, Bowling Green is averaging 73.9 ppg on 44.5% shooting. The Falcons average 6.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.88. Defensively, Bowling Green is allowing their opponents to average 69.9 ppg on 39.8% shooting. The Falcons have a rebound margin of 3.6 and average 7.1 spg.
The Bulldogs are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Falcons are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Drake has had a nice start to their season and has really been shooting the ball well led by Kyle Abrahamson and Reed Timmer. Bowling Green has a lot of turmoil in the offseason and although they haven’t played much in terms of competition, they have to be happy picking up five wins at this point of the season. Bowling Green hasn’t been great at home ATS as of late and as Drake seems to be shooting the ball incredibly well at the moment, I’m going to take the Bulldogs and the points in this one.