Buffalo Bulls vs. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (6-10) at Buffalo Bulls (11-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Alumni Arena)
The Line: Buffalo Bulls -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Miami (OH) Redhawks will travel to Alumni Arena to take on the Buffalo Bills this Saturday afternoon.
The Miami (OH) Redhawks dropped to 6-10 (1-2 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Central Michigan Chippewas 105-77 this past Wednesday. The Redhawks defense didn’t show up for this matchup as they allowed the Chippewas to shoot 68.6% from the field and 70.4% (19-27) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Miami (OH) was Eric Washington who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists. The Redhawks are currently ranked 286th in the RPI Standings and have played the 165th ranked SOS. On the season, Miami (OH) has been led by Eric Washington (13.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.4 spg) and Will Sullivan (10.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 spg). Offensively, the Redhawks are averaging 65.9 ppg (ranked 211th) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 126th). Miami (OH) is averaging 13.9 turnovers per game (ranked 245th) and has a 0.82 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 276th). Defensively, the Redhawks are allowing their opponents to average 70.8 ppg (ranked 278th) on 47.7% shooting (ranked 331st). Miami (OH) is averaging 21.19 defensive rpg (ranked 314th) and 29.25 total rpg (ranked 338th).
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The Buffalo Bills improved to 11-4 (2-1 MAC) on the season after defeating the Northern Illinois Huskies 82-63 this past Wednesday. Buffalo shot 50.0% from the field and took command of this game early having a 42-21 lead at halftime. Leading the way for Bills was Justin Moss who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. Buffalo is currently ranked 53rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 139th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bills have been led by Justin Moss (17.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and Shannon Evans (16.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.8 spg). Offensively, Buffalo is averaging 73.7 ppg (ranked 49th) on 42.8% shooting (ranked 215th). The Bills are shooting 73.3% from the free-throw line (ranked 42nd) and commits an average of 12.3 turnovers per game (ranked 109th). Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to average 66.3 ppg (ranked 184th) on 40.6% shooting (ranked 97th). The Bills average 4.7 bpg (ranked 64th) and 7.2 spg (ranked 92nd). Buffalo is grabbing 26.73 defensive rpg (ranked 37th) and 38.13 total rpg (ranked 52nd).
The Red Hawks are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road game. The Bulls are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games.
Buffalo has become the MAC favorite at this point in the season and is really getting it done on the offensive end. This is a huge line but after how poorly the Redhawks defensive played against a sub-average offensive, I just don’t see how they don’t got run right out of Buffalo in this one. Buffalo has been getting off to hot starts lately, and I think the only question in this one is if they don’t let Miami score enough in a blow-out to cover the spread. I don’ think this is a slam dunk but I think Buffalo will cover this large spread. Take the Buffalo Bills.