Buffalo Bulls vs. Northern Illinois Huskies - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Illinois Huskies (7-6) at Buffalo Bulls (10-4)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Arena)
The Line: Buffalo Bulls -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Northern Illinois Huskies will travel to Alumni Arena to take on the Buffalo Bulls this Wednesday night.
The Northern Illinois Huskies had their 3 game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-6 (1-1 MAC) on the season after losing 67-65 to the Kent State Golden Flashes this past Saturday. The Huskies allowed the Golden Flashes to shoot 46.5% from the field and 40.0% (6-15) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for Northern Illinois was Jordan Threloff who had 21 points and 9 rebounds. On the season, the Huskies are currently ranked 200th in the RPI Standings and have played the 209th ranked SOS. On the season, Northern Illinois has been led by Darrell Bowie (12.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.4 spg) and Jordan Threloff (10.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg). The Huskies are averaging 67.5 ppg (ranked 178th) on 40.8% shooting (ranked 280th). Northern Illinois struggles protecting the ball as they are currently averaging 15.3 turnovers per game (ranked 315th). Defensively, the Huskies are allowing 64.9 ppg (ranked 155th) on 43.3% shooting (ranked 221st). The Huskies average 37.69 total rpg (ranked 67th) and have a 6.1 rebound margin (ranked 36th). Darrell Bowie is questionable for this game with a shoulder injury.
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The Buffalo Bulls had their 3 game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-4 (1-1 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Western Michigan Broncos 78-68 this past Saturday. Buffalo struggled offensively as they shot only 33.3% from the field and 25.0% (4-16) from long range. Leading the way for the Bulls was Justin Moss who had a double-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 steals. Buffalo is currently ranked 57th in the RPI Standings and has the 142nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulls have been led by Justin Moss (17.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg) and Shannon Evans (16.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.0 apg). Offensively, Buffalo is averaging 73.1 ppg (ranked 60th) on 42.3% shooting (ranked 239th). The Bulls are shooting 74.0% from the free-throw line as a team (ranked 29th). Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to score an average of 66.5 ppg (ranked 190th) on 40.8% shooting (ranked 111th). The Bulls are holding their opponents to 30.1% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 59th). Buffalo is averaging 27.0 defensive rpg (ranked 33rd) and 38.57 total rpg (ranked 46th).
The Huskies are 24-11 ATS in their last 35 road games however, just 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bulls are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U loss and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games.
Buffalo is one of the MAC favorites this year and have a couple of great players in Justin Moss and Shannon Evans. Northern Illinois has some good size however, are nothing more than just average on the both the offensive and defensive ends but might be without one of their better players in Darrell Bowie. I think Buffalo will respond from their first conference loss with a strong effort and pull away from the Huskies in the second half for a double-digit win. Take Buffalo to cover this large spread.