NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Falcons underdogs vs Zips at Akron
Bowling Green Falcons vs Akron Zips Odds
The visiting Bowling Green Falcons hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at James A. Rhodes Arena against the Akron Zips.
The Zips sport records of 20-4 and 10-8-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Falcons have 10-14 and 12-10-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 7-10 for the Zips and 10-9 for the Falcons.
Bettors looking to side with Akron in this one found them as 14-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Zips sit at No. 28 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Falcons sit at No. 194 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Zips will win this game 77-65.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Falcons is ranked No. 238 in NCAA hoops at 33.4 per game. Contrast that with Akron’s No. 57 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Akron is the No. 43-ranked team in the country at 7.7 per game, while Bowling Green rates No. 262 at 5.3 per game.
Defensively, Bowling Green features the nation's No. 161-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.1 points per game. Akron, meanwhile, comes in at No. 43 nationally in scoring at home.
Bowling Green was a 70-60 winner in their most recent outing at home against Western Michigan. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. Bowling Green earned a 70-60 victory over Western Michigan on Wednesday, getting 24 points from A'uston Calhoun at Stroh Center.
Akron was a 70-62 winner in its last match on the road against Eastern Michigan. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as favorites. The Zips grabbed a 70-62 win over the Eagles on Wednesday, behind a 16-point effort from Brian Walsh at EMU Convocation Center.
Bowling Green Falcons Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After playing Western Michigan are 4-6
After a win are 3-7
Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After playing Eastern Michigan are 8-2
After a win are 10-0
A few Falcons at Zips trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Bowling Green's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Bowling Green's last 5 games when playing on the road against Akron
Bowling Green is 4-7-1 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Bowling Green is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Akron
Akron is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Akron is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Akron is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Bowling Green
Akron is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Bowling Green
Bowling Green home to New Orleans, Thursday, February 21
Akron home to North Dakota State, Friday, February 22