The Zips and Bulls are set to face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bulls will host the game at Alumni Arena in Buffalo, NY. In this Mid-American matchup, Akron is favored by -13.5 vs. Buffalo. The over/under for the game is 140.5 points.

AKRON ZIPS VS BUFFALO BULLS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Buffalo Bulls +13.5

This game will be played at Alumni Arena at 2:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE BUFFALO BULLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Bulls.
  • Not only will Buffalo pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +13.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Do the Zips Have What it Takes on the Road?

After losing their last game to James Madison by a score of 73-59, Akron is now 18-6 on the season. They have gone 10-1 in Mid-American Conference play compared to 8-5 in non-conference games.

On the road, the Zips have gone 7-5 this year, and they have an average scoring margin of +3.1 points per game. Their record as the favorite is 14-1, and they have been favored in 15 of their games.

As the favorite this season, Akron has an ATS record of 9-6. Over their last three games as the favorite, the Zips are a perfect 3-0 vs. the spread. On the road, Akron has an ATS mark of 6-6 this year and their last three road ATS record is 1-2.

In their last three games, the over/under record for Akron is 0-3 and their average scoring total in those games is 131 points. On the season, their over/under record is 8-14 and the average scoring total in their games is 138.7 points.

Akron offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 59 points against James Madison. In that game, they made 5/29 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 33.9%. The top scorer for the Zips was Greg Tribble with 20 points, while Ali Ali also chipped in with 17 points.

Akron’s defense has been playing well, ranking 25th nationally, with 64.6 points allowed per game. In their previous game vs. James Madison, the Dukes finished with a field goal percentage of 50% and a total of 73 points vs. Akron.

Do the Bulls Have What it Takes at Home?

Buffalo is 0-11 at home this season, and they are currently on an 11-game losing streak at home. Overall, the Bulls have gone 3-21 this season, and they are 1-10 in conference play.

Buffalo is 2-17 this season when they are the underdog, and they have gone 0-4 when they have been favored. Their average scoring margin at home this season is -18.4 points per game.

Buffalo’s ATS record this season is just 8-15, including an 0-11 mark at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bulls have gone 4-6 vs. the spread. At home, Buffalo is 0-9 ATS this season and 0-3 in their last three games.

Buffalo’s over/under record this season is 9-13-1 and today’s over/under line of 140.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (147.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 154 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 2-1.

In their recent game, the Bulls’ offense concluded with 68 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 67.5 points per contest. The team’s scoring leader is Sy Chatman, who holds an average of 18 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Isaiah Adams is averaging 13 points per game this season.

At present, the Bulls’ defense is nationally ranked 318th, allowing 80.0 points per game. Against Northern Illinois in their most recent game, the Buffalo defense gave up a total of 72 points while allowing Northern Illinois to hit 43% of their shots.