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Bowling Green vs. Akron - 2/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Akron at Bowling Green
Date & Time Tuesday February 19, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Stroh Center
Bowling Green, OH
The Line
Bowling Green Falcons -4 -- Over/Under: 134
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The Akron Zips and the Bowling Green Falcons meet in college basketball action from the Stroh Center on Tuesday night.

The Akron Zips will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 57-56 loss to Ball State in their last outing. Daniel Utomi led the Zips with 21 points along with 6 rebounds while Loren Cristian Jackson chipped in 11 points and Tyler Cheese added 10 points with a team-high 9 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Akron in the loss. Channel Banks added 9 points while Deng Riak had 7 rebounds and Jimond Ivey added 5 points with 6 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists. Utomi leads Akron in scoring with 14.2 points per game while Ivey leads the Zips with averages of 6.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Akron is averaging 69.5 points per game on 40.9% shooting from the field, 31% from behind the 3-point line and 71.1% from the foul line this season.

The Bowling Green Falcons will look to build on back-to-back wins and victories in 4 of their last 5 games following an 87-67 win over Northern Illinois last time out. Justin Turner led the Falcons with 34 points on 10 of 14 shooting with 4 threes, a 10 of 14 mark from the foul line and a team-high 7 rebounds with 4 assists as well. Dylan Frye added 13 points and 5 assists while Antwon Lillard chipped in 10 points and a team-high 6 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Bowling Green in the winning effort. Turner leads Bowling Green with an average of 18.8 points and 3.4 assists per game while Demajeo Wiggins leads the Falcons in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 13 points to go along with his team-leading 11.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Bowling Green is averaging 79.2 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field, 37.3% from behind the arc and 67.3% from the foul line this season.

Akron is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 road games. Bowling Green is 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 home games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall while the over is 9-2 in their last 11 games following a win. Akron is 21-8 ATS in the last 29 meetings between these two teams and 12-3 ATS in the last 15 meetings between these two teams at Bowling Green.

The points with Akron are tempting considering how much success the Zips have had in this matchup, however a lot of that success came when Akron was a lot easier to trust offensively. The Zips have scored 56 or fewer points five times since conference play started, and while their defense saved the day a couple of times, those two wins came against Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan, two of the lesser teams in the MAC this season. Bowling Green has been a tough out at home and are the far better team offensively in this matchup. I’m just not getting enough points to consider Akron here, so I’ll lay the reasonable line with Bowling Green in this matchup.

Pick:
Bowling Green -4

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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