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Buffalo Bulls vs. Kent State Golden Flashes 1/30/15 - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kent State Golden Flashes (15-5) at Buffalo Bulls (13-6)

College Basketball: Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Alumni Arena)

The Line: Buffalo Bulls -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Kent State Golden Flashes will travel to Alumni Arena to take on the Buffalo Bulls this Friday night.

The Kent State Golden Flashes won their 6th straight game and improved to 15-5 (6-1 MAC) on the season after defeating the Central Michigan Chippewas, 63-53, this past Tuesday night. Kent State held Central Michigan to 33.9% shooting from the field and 17.4% (4-23) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Flashes was Jimmy Hall who had a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Kent State is ranked 98th in the RPI Standings and has played the 182nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Flashes have been led by Jimmy Hall (15.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.6 apg) and Devareaux Manley (12.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg). Offensively, Kent State is averaging 65.7 ppg (ranked 214th) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 178th). The Golden Flashes are shooting 36.7% from beyond the arc (ranked 72nd) and commit only 12.1 turnovers per game (ranked 94th). Defensively, Kent State is holding their opponents to an average of 59.7 ppg (ranked 35th) on 40.0% shooting (ranked 74th). The Golden Flashes average 4.3 bpg (ranked 84th) and pull down a total of 35.1 rpg (ranked 161st).

Buffalo Bulls vs. Kent State Golden Flashes 1/30/15 -  College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Buffalo Bulls improved to 13-6 (4-3 MAC) on the season after defeating the Western Michigan Broncos, 77-71, this past Tuesday. Buffalo shot 46.3% from the field and forced Western Michigan into committing 18 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulls was Justin Moss who had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Buffalo is ranked 52nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 199th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulls have been led by Justin Moss (18.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg) and Shannon Evans (15.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.6 spg). Offensively, Buffalo is averaging 73.3 ppg (ranked 59th) on 43.0% shooting (ranked 204th). The Bulls average 12.0 turnovers per game (ranked 90th) and shoot 72.8% from the free-throw line (ranked 50th). Defensively, Buffalo is allowing 67.4 ppg (ranked 202nd) on 41.5% shooting (ranked 125th). The Bulls are averaging 7.3 spg (ranked 69th) and 38.21 total rpg (ranked 36th).

The Golden Flashes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bulls are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss.

Buffalo is one of the better unknown teams in the NCAA and have star player in Justin Moss. I’ve been backing Buffalo for the majority of the year, however, I don’t think they match-up well with Kent State as the Golden Flashes have their own star in Jimmy Hall. Kent State’s defensive should be able to keep this one close and I think you’re going to want the points by the time this one is done. Take Kent State and the points. 

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