Buffalo vs. Montana State - 11/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montana State Bobcats (0-3) at Buffalo Bulls (2-1)
College Basketball: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Arena)
The Line: Buffalo Bulls -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Montana State Bobcats and Buffalo Bulls play Friday night at the Alumni Arena.
The Montana State Bobcats are 0-3 and will play game four of a brutal five-game road trip. On the season, Montana State is averaging 62.7 points on 39.2 percent shooting and is allowing 82 points on 51.2 percent shooting. Danny Robison leads the Bobcats with 12.3 points on 48 percent shooting and Marcus Colbert is averaging 11.3 points and 5.7 assists. Michael Dison is the third Montana State player averaging double digits and Blake Brumwell has been a solid rebounder in his limited playing time. This is a rebuilding year for the Montana State Bobcats, a team with a new head coach and new players, and it certainly doesn’t help playing the tough schedule they have early on. However, getting the tough road games out of the way early should help Montana State once the Big Sky schedule begins.
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The Buffalo Bulls are off to a 2-1 start and their only loss was a competitive game against Kentucky. On the season, Buffalo is averaging 65 points on 35.1 percent shooting and is allowing 68.7 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Justin Moss leads Buffalo with 14.7 points and 8.3 rebounds, while Shannon Evans is scoring 14.3 points and dishing out three assists. Jarryn Skeete and Will Regan have also been key contributors at both ends of the court for Buffalo. The Buffalo Bulls are that sneaky team that can compete for a MAC title, especially if they can bring that same energy that they played with against the kentucky Wildcats. For Buffalo it all starts on the defensive end where it’s forcing 14 turnovers per game, which is one above national average.
The Bobcats are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulls are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
How can you not pick the Buffalo Bulls in this spot? So far, Buffalo is the only team to give Kentucky a run for its money while Montana State is a team that's rebuilding and simply using these games as building blocks for later in the season. The Bulls should roll here.