Buffalo Bulls vs. Toledo Rockets - 2/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toledo Rockets (15-8) at Buffalo Bulls (15-7)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Arena)
The Line: Buffalo Bulls -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Toledo Rockets will travel to Alumni Arena to take on the Buffalo Bulls this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Toledo Rockets improved to 15-8 (7-3 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals, 72-61, this past Saturday. Toledo shot 53.2% from the field and 30.0% (3-10) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rockets was Julius Brown who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. Toledo is ranked 87th in the RPI Standings and has played the 113th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rockets have been led by Julius Brown (16.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.3 apg) and Justin Drummond (12.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.7 apg). Toledo is averaging 74.7 ppg (ranked 34th) on 46.5% shooting (ranked 53rd). The Rockets are shooting 36.6% from beyond the arc (ranked 79th) and 74.3% from the free-throw line (ranked 20th). Toledo is holding their opponents to an average of 68.3 ppg (ranked 231st) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 207th). The Rockets grab 25.3 defensive rpg (ranked 75th) and have a rebound margin of 3.3 (ranked 86th).
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The Buffalo Bulls dropped to 15-7 (6-4 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Akron Zips, 75-72, this past Saturday. Buffalo shot 45.9% from the field and 23.5% (4-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulls was Xavier Ford who had 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals. Buffalo is ranked 44th in the RPI Standings and has played the 104th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulls have been led by Justin Moss (18.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 0.9 spg) and Shannon Evans (15.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.5 apg). Buffalo is averaging 74.0 ppg (ranked 43rd) on 43.5% shooting (ranked 176th). The Bulls average just 11.8 turnovers per game (ranked 75th) and shoot 73.4% from the free-throw line (ranked 33rd). Buffalo is holding their opponents to an average of 67.6 ppg (ranked 205th) on 41.5% shooting (ranked 115th). The Bulls pull down 37.77 total rpg (ranked 44th) and average 7.5 spg (ranked 60th).
The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games however, just 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS win The Bulls are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss and 14-5 ATS in their last 19 home games.
This will be the game of the nigh in the MAC conference as the pre-season favorite, Toledo, looks to stay atop the MAC-West standings while the very talented Buffalo Bulls look to say in the race for the top seed in the MAC-East. Toledo is led by a talented group of guards that really know how to put the ball in the bucket. Buffalo has a great duo in Justin Moss and Shannon Evans which have been tearing up the MAC all season. Toledo is riding a 5 game winning streak however, the majority of those wins have come against the bottom-tier teams in the MAC. Buffalo is undefeated at home this season and knowing how important this game to still be in contention for the MAC regular season title, I think Buffalo brings their "A" game and takes care of business at home. Take Buffalo to cover the small spread.