TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH
#661 AKRON (-) over Ohio at 3:30 PM EST
Back on March 2nd, Akron (-9) hosted Ohio and got absolutely ambushed 73-49 by the Bobcats. The Zips haven’t forgotten about that embarrassing home loss and they’ll be ready for this massive payback opportunity. Let’s break down the numbers.
Technically speaking, UA is playing solid basketball right now. The Zips are on a solid 20-12 SU and 19-7 ATS run in their last 32 games including a highly profitable 10-2 ATS on the road. Equally impressive, as a MAC favorite hitting the hardwood off a blowout win of 10 points or more, Akron has been an ATM machine posting a sound 64-38-1 ATS record including a stunning 30-12 ATS in this set provided the Zips smashed the Las Vegas pointspread by double-digits last. Finally, as a road favorite fighting a foe that scoots in without confidence off a SU and ATS loss, UA has been a money-maker notching a proud 25-7 SU and 24-8 ATS mark including a sensational 18-2 SU and ATS if they hit the floor off a straight up win of five points or more.
Ohio enters this contest off a nine-point SU and ATS home loss to Toledo. Honestly, the Bobcats just haven’t been playing good basketball. Since the start of the 2018 season, Ohio holds a mediocre 24-26 SU and 16-28 ATS mark. In this run battling an opponent that arrives off a straight up win, the Bobcats slip down to a nasty 4-15 SU and 5-13 ATS including a woeful 2-8 SU and ATS if they enter off a straight up loss. Even worse, since January 24th, 2017 MAC hosts that own a team won/loss percentage of .501 or better hold a surprising 90-140-5 ATS mark if they are matched up against a conference opponent. If our “play against” side takes the court off a straight up loss, this situation drops to a woeful 32-61-2 ATS including 8-28 ATS in this setting provided their opponent holds a conference won/loss percentage of .501 or better.
The Zips only had 19 points at halftime in last year’s 73-49 loss to the Bobcats. UA head coach John Groce will make darn sure his kids leave Athens with this payback in their pocket. Take Akron. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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