Bowling Green Falcons vs Akron Zips Prediction, 3/11/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Bowling Green Falcons vs Akron Zips
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Bowling Green (+1)
The Akron Zips (14-7) play the Bowling Green Falcons (14-10) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Thursday. Akron opens this game as 1-point favorites. The total is set at 152.
Bowling Green heads into this matchup with a mark of 14-10 so far this year. They are losing possession via turnover 10.4 times per game and as a unit are committing 17.0 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Bowling Green is pulling in 38.2 boards per game and has accounted for 310 dimes this year, which has them ranked 155th in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Falcons are connecting on 32.9% on shots from beyond the arc (204 of 621) and 73.9% from the free throw line. They have an average of 79.0 points per game (37th in college hoops) while going 42.3% from the field. Defensively, the Falcons have forced 14.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.2 fouls. The Falcons defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 44.8% (657 of 1,467) and they surrender 38.9 boards per contest as a team. They are currently ranked 264th in the country in giving up assists with 331 conceded for the year. They are giving up 34.1% on shots from downtown and they are 289th in the country in opponents PPG (75.5).
The Bowling Green Falcons faced off with the Miami RedHawks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 84-79 in their last contest. Bowling Green walked away from the game with a 34.9% field goal percentage (29 of 83) and made 10 of their 40 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Falcons buried 11 of 16 attempts for a percentage of 68.8%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned 45 with 18 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 11 dimes for the contest in addition to forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and getting 11 steals. With respect to defense, Bowling Green allowed their opponent to shoot 46.0% from the field on 29 of 63 shooting. Miami dished out 16 dimes and had 3 steals for the game. On top of that, Miami totaled 42 boards (7 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Miami finished the game shooting 88.9% when shooting free throws by making 16 of 18 shots. They knocked down 10 out of their 25 attempts from long range.
Daeqwon Plowden is someone who was a major contributor in this game. He recorded 19 points on 5 out of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 38 mins and also grabbed 18 boards. Plowden finished the contest at 29.4% from the floor and recorded 2 dimes. Someone else that was a major factor in this matchup for the Falcons was Trey Diggs. He grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 min on the hardwood. He finished 37.5% from the field for the contest by going 6-of-16 (19 points). Overall, Diggs wasn't able to get an assist.
Akron has a win-loss mark of 14-7 so far this season. The Zips have committed 18.1 fouls per game and they hit 75.8% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 13.6 times per game (145th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.1 times per contest. Akron has tallied 1,650 pts on the season (78.6 per game) and they collect 38.8 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Zips are shooting 44.8% from the floor, which ranks 146th in the nation. The Zips on the defensive end are ranked 226th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 72.0. They have allowed 12.3 assists and 35.6 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 124th and 214th in D-1. The Akron defense gives up 31.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (141 of 447) and opponents are knocking down 72.8% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 12.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.3% from the floor (174th in college hoops).
For their last game, the Akron Zips took a loss by a final score of 80-78 against the Buffalo Bulls. The Zips were able to pull down 26 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 in this matchup. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while earning 10 steals in the game. The Bulls were called for 14 fouls in this matchup which got the Zips to the charity stripe for a total of 14 attempts. They were able to bury 13 of those for a percentage of 92.9%. With regard to shots from beyond the arc, Akron converted 7 of 27 tries (25.9%). At the conclusion of this game, the Zips ended up shooting 29 out of 75 from the floor which gave them a rate of 38.7%. The Zips permitted the Bulls to convert 28 of 67 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.8% in the matchup. They finished 33.3% from beyond the perimeter by going 5 out of 15 and ended up going 19 of 25 at the free throw line (76.0%). Regarding rebounding, Akron allowed Buffalo to grab 45 in total (15 on the offensive glass).
Loren Cristian Jackson ended up being a factor for the Zips in this game. He knocked down 10 out of 28 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 35.7%, and totaled 3 rebounds. Jackson earned 27 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood and had 4 dimes in this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Akron was Enrique Freeman. He came away with no assists in 25 minutes played, and he shot 5 out of 5 from the floor. Freeman ended up shooting 100.0% from the floor and also contributing 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Akron (-1)
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