TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION FRIDAY, JANUARY 5TH
#894 AKRON (-9′) over Bowling Green at 9 PM EST
Off that impressive 73-51 road win and cover at Northern Illinois, look for Akron to stay hot in conference play when it returns to the JAR and battles Bowling Green. The Falcons are out of the gate with a solid 10-3 SU mark, but this will be a difficult spot for new head coach Todd Simon and his boys. Let’s take a look inside the numbers.
In this series, the Zips have been a dominant force inking a strong 34-5 SU and 28-11 ATS record in the last 39 meetings. In this situation fighting a Falcons squad that holds a team won/loss percentage of .465 or better, Akron improves to a lucrative 24-4 SU and 22-6 ATS including a nearly perfect 7-1 SU and ATS in this situation provided head coach John Groce’s boys are favored by -7 or more. Additionally, as a MAC host taking the floor with steam off a SU and ATS win, Akron holds a respectable 80-20 SU and 60-40 ATS tally including an outstanding 37-14 SU and 33-18 ATS if its opponent enters off a straight up victory. With those two parameters live and the Zips off a blowout win of 15 points or more, this technical situation improves to a nearly perfect 16-1 SU and ATS.
Kudos to Bowling Green on its current eight-game win streak. However, this trip to Akron will be a difficult one for Coach Simon and his players. As it stands, the Falcons hold a feeble 45-70-2 ATS record in their last 117 lined games including a stiff 19-37 ATS if their opponent storms the court with confidence off a straight up win. With those two parameters live and BGSU competing in a true road game, this team trend falls to a rough 8-20 ATS. Finally, as a conference guest, the Falcons hold a poor 2-12 SU and ATS mark in their last 14 tries including an ugly 0-8 SU and ATS if they are priced as a pup of +3 or more.
The Zips hold the top scoring defense in the conference (65.2 ppg) and are ranked second in the MAC (offensively) in field-goal percentage (47.2%). That will be too much for the Falcons to overcome. Take Akron. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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