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Akron vs. Bowling Green - 3/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Bowling Green at Akron
Date & Time Tuesday March 5, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
James A. Rhodes Arena
Akron, OH
The Line
Akron Zips -3.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Bowling Green Falcons will travel to James A. Rhodes Arena to take on the Akron Zips this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Bowling Green Falcons snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 20-9 (12-4 MAC) on the season after defeating the Kent State Golden Flashes, 77-72, this past Friday. Bowling Green allowed Kent State to fight back into the game after holding a 14-point lead late in the 1st half, however, the Falcons were able to pull away late after finishing the final 1:36 of regulation on a 6-2 run. Bowling Green shot 55.1% from the field while holding Kent State to 40.6% shooting from the field and 24.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Falcons was Justin Turner who had 18 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Bowling Green is averaging 78.8 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Falcons are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bowling Green has been led by Justin Turner (18.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.4 spg), Damajeo Wiggins (12.9 ppg, 11.2 rpg), Dylan Frye (12.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg), and Antwon Lillard (9.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.3 apg).

Defensviely, Bowling Green is allowing their opponents to average 71.8 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Falcons have a rebound margin of 5.9 and a turnover margin of 1.2.

The Akron Zips dropped their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 15-14 (7-9 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Ohio Bobcats, 73-49, this past Saturday. Akron came out flat after their tough game against Buffalo and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 39-19 margin at halftime. Akron struggled offensively agianst the Bobcats defense as the Zips shot just 29.3% from the field and 18.2% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Zips was Deng Riak who had 11 points, 8 rebounds, and a block.

On the season, Akron is averaging 68.6 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Zips are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 31.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Akron has been led by Daniel Utomi (13.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 apg), Loren Cristian Jackson (13.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Jimond Ivey (12.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg), and Tyler Cheese (11.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Akron is holding their opponents to an average 63.4 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Zips have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

The Falcons are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Zips are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Bowling Green has won 4 of their last 6 games and currently rank 45th in scoring offense, 190th in scoring defense, and 57th in defensive FG%.

Akron has lost 5 of their last 6 games and although their offense ranks just 282nd in scoring offense, the Zips have been solid defensively as they come into this match-up ranked 18th in scoring defense and 22nd in defensive FG%.

Bowling Green has had an outstanding season, however, the Falcons have struggled on the road this season as they currently have just a 5-6 record. Akron was dominated by Ohio and haven’t picked up many wins as of late, however, the Zips have been a competitive team this season and has played well at home posting a 12-3 record. Akron covered in their first match-up, a 73-69 loss at Bowling Green, and as I think they bounce back with a strong defensive performance agianst the Falcons, I’m taking Akron to cover this small spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Akron Zips -3.5

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