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Akron vs. Bowling Green - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Bowling Green Falcons (11-5) at Akron Zips (7-8)
Date & Time Saturday January 13, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Akron Zips -2 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN3
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NCAA BB | Bowling Green Falcons (11-5) at Akron Zips (7-8)
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Over at James A. Rhodes Arena on Saturday, the Bowling Green Falcons and the Akron Zips will be meeting up on the college basketball court. 

Bowling Green enters this game with a 11-5 record. The Falcons have won four of their last five games, most recently over Northern Illinois on Tuesday. In that one, Bowling Green’s Demajeo Wiggins put up 15 points. 

This season, the Falcons’ leading scorer is Justin Turner with 16.1 PPG, while Dylan Frye has put up 13.5 PPG. Also in double-figures for Bowling Green are Wiggins (13.3 PPG; 8.9 RPG), Rodrick Caldwell (10.9 PPG) and Antwon Lillard (10.0 PPG). 

Over on the Akron side, they’re currently 7-8 this season. The Zips have lost their last three straight games, most recently to Buffalo. In that loss, Akron Version Cotton put up 23 points. 

Heading up the scoring for Akron this season is Daniel Utomi with 16.9 PPG and 6.4 RPG. Also in the double-digit club for the Zips are Malcolm Driver (14.1 PPG) and Jimond Ivey (12.9 PPG; 5.6 RPG). 

The Falcons are 1-4 ATS in the last five games following a straight-up win and the under is 4-0-1 ATS in their last five overall. The under is also 7-0 in the Falcons’ last seven road games and 7-0-1 in their last eight versus the MAC. 

Meanwhile, Akron is 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the MAC. The Zips are also 0-5 ATS in the last five home games versus a team with a winning road record and the under is 6-1 in the last seven Saturday games. 

Bowling Green has been pretty impressive over the last few weeks, but they’ve had some close calls in their wins and are far from reliable right now. As for the Zips, they’ve lost six of their last seven outings and aren’t reliable by any means either. I’m staying away from this one but otherwise going with Bowling Green.

Pick:
Bowling Green Falcons +2

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