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Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Buffalo Bulls Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/25/14

Buffalo Bulls (9-6) at Northern Illinois Huskies (7-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm (NIU Convocation Center)

The Line: Northern Illinois Huskies +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Northern Illinois Huskies and the Buffalo Bulls face off on Saturday in MAC college basketball.

The Northern Illinois Huskies are struggling this season going 1-4 thus far in MAC play. NIU is 4-5 at home and they have played the 149th ranked schedule in the country. Darrell Bowie leads the Huskies averaging 9.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Travon Baker is averaging 8.8 points, Aaron Armstead is averaging 7.6 points, and Jordan Threloff is averaging 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. Northern Illinois is averaging 62.4 points and they are shooting 38.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.4 points and their opponents are shooting 41.8 percent. NIU is tied for 10th place in the MAC standings.

Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Buffalo Bulls Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/25/14

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The Buffalo Bulls have lost two of their last three games and they stand at 3-2 in MAC play. Buffalo is 1-6 away from home and they have played the 175th ranked schedule in the nation. Javon McCrea leads the Bulls averaging 17.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Joshua Freelove is averaging 12.5 points, Will Regan is averaging 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Jarod Oldham is averaging 7.8 points and 5.6 assists. Buffalo is averaging 71.2 points and they are shooting 42.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41 percent. Buffalo is looking for their first conference road win of the season.

Northern Illinois is 4-1 against the spread following a loss, 3-9 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 1-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Buffalo is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games, 6-1 against the spread against the MAC, and 0-5 against the spread against a team with a losing record. The team ahs covered the spread in nine fo the last 11 meetings of these two.

The number here looks a little to the high side but I still see Buffalo getting the win and the cover. 

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Buffalo Bulls -6

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