Buffalo vs. St. Bonaventure - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Bonaventure Bonnies (3-2) at Buffalo Bulls (4-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm (Alumni Arena-NY)
The Line: Buffalo Bulls +1.5 -- Over/Under: 155 See the Latest Odds
The A-10 and the MAC face off on the hardwood as the St. Bonaventure Bonnies face off against the Buffalo Bulls in a college basketball matchup on Saturday afternoon.
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies will look to build some momentum after winning 4 of their last 5 games, including a 75-55 rout of Siena in their last outing. Matt Mobley led the team with 22 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 4 triples, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. LaDarien Griffin came 2nd with 18 points on 6 of 13 shooting along with team-highs of 11 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Idris Taqqee added 13 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Bonnies in the win. Mobley leads the team with 21.8 points and 4.3 assists per game this season, while Griffin is the team’s top rebounder with 7 boards per game this season. As a team, St. Bonaventure is scoring 76.7 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 36.2% from downtown and 71.1% from the foul line this season.
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The Buffalo Bulls will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including a 106-87 win over Niagara to climb to 4-2 this season. CJ Massinburg led the team with 25 points on 8 of 10 shooting with 4 threes along with a team-high 8 rebounds in addition to 4 assists and a pair of steals. Jeremy Harris and Dontay Caruthers tied for 2nd with 23 points apiece, with Harries going 9 of 17 from the floor with 5 threes, along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Caruthers on the other hand was near perfect, going 10 of 11 from the floor along with 4 assists and 3 steals. Nick Perkins chipped in 16 points along with 7 rebounds to round out the scoring in double figures for the Bulls in the win. Massinburg leads the team with an average of 18.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while Harris is the team’s leading assist man with 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Buffalo is scoring 85 points per game on 44.1% shooting from the field, 35.3% from behind the arc and 71.6% from the foul line this season.
St. Bonaventure is 5-11-2 ATS in their last 18 games overall and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games following a win while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Buffalo is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a win while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the A-10. St. Bonaventure is 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
St. Bonaventure may have the best player on the floor in Mobley, but stacking the two up side-by-side, I think that the Bulls actually have more depth even if their defensive flaws have shown up lately, giving up 87 or more in each of their last 3 games. However, we are getting points with the Bulls at home, which is too good to pass up considering that the Bulls just beat the same Niagara team by 15 that already defeated the Bonnies earlier in the season. Give me the Bulls at home to win this one.