Miami (Ohio) vs. Buffalo - 1/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Bulls (9-8) at Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (6-11)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Millett Hall)
The Line: Miami (Ohio) RedHawks +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Buffalo Bulls will travel to Millett Hall to take on the Miami (OH) Redhawks this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Buffalo Bulls improved to 9-8 (2-2 MAC East) on the season after defeating the Central Michigan Chippewas, 74-61, this past Saturday. Buffalo used a big first half to take a 10-point halftime lead and used a 13-0 run late in the 2nd half to get the win. Buffalo shot 50.0% from the field and 43.5% (10-23) from beyond the arc. The Bulls held the Chippewas to 36.4% shooting from the field and outrebounded Central Michigan by a 44-30 margin. Leading the way for Buffalo was Jarryn Skeete who had 13 points, 12 assists, 4 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, the Bulls have been led by Lamonte Bearden (12.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 spg), Willie Conner (11.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg), and Blake Hamilton (11.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.3 apg). Offensively, Buffalo is averaging 76.1 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field and 32.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bulls average 7.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.87. Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to average 74.5 ppg on 42.3% shooting. The Bulls have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of -1.1.
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The Miami (OH) Redhawks lost their 7th straight game and dropped to 6-11 (0-4 MAC East) on the season after being defeated by the Ball State Cardinals, 48-46, this past Saturday. Miami (OH) was able to get an 11-point halftime lead but struggled offensively in the 2nd half and allowed Ball State to get the comeback victory. Miami (OH) shot 38.5% from the field and 44.4% (4-9) from beyond the arc. The Redhawks allowed the Cardinals to shoot 36.4% from the field and forced Ball State into committing 17 turnovers. Leading the way for Miami (OH) was Eric Washington who had 26 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Redhawks have been led by Eric Washington (15.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.5 spg), Geovonie McKnight (12.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg), and LJ Livingston (6.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg). Offensively, Miami (OH) is averaging 65.1 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field and 30.9% from beyond the arc. The Redhawks average 5.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.81. Defensively, Miami (OH) is holding their opponents to an average of 67.2 ppg on 43.5% shooting. The Redhawks have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of 2.9.
The Bulls are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record however, just 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
Buffalo was hit hard in the offseason but has played well to start the season and has been strong on the offensive end. Miami (OH) has been competitive but has struggled to close out ball games with an offense that is averaging just 63.7 ppg during their current 7-game losing streak. Miami (OH) is better than their 0-4 conference record indicates however, I think the Bulls will be too much on the offensive end for the Redhawks and covers this small road spread. Take Buffalo to cover.