Buffalo vs. Kent State - 2/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kent State Golden Flashes (12-13) at Buffalo Bulls (18-7)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Arena-NY)
The Line: Buffalo Bulls -13.5 -- Over/Under: 160.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Kent State Golden Flashes will travel to Alumni Arena to take on the Buffalo Bulls this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Kent State Golden Flashes lost their 3rd consecutive game and dropped to 12-13 (6-6 MAC East) on the season after being defeated by the Ball State Cardinals, 87-68, this past Friday. Kent State had no answers for the Ball State offense in this one and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 52-34 margin early in the 2nd half. Kent State allowed Ball State to shoot 56.7% from the field and 40.0% (8-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Flashes was Danny Pippen who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 blocks. On the season, Kent State is averaging 73.6 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Golden Flashes are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Kent State has been led by Jaylin Walker (17.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Kevin Zabo (12.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Adonis De La Rosa (12.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Jalen Avery (9.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.8 apg). Defensively, Kent State is allowing their opponents to average 73.6 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Golden Flashes have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
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The Buffalo Bulls dropped to 18-7 (10-2 MAC) on the season after being upset by the Northern Illinois Huskies, 90-88 OT, this past Saturday. Buffalo allowed Northern Illinois to fight back from a 72-59 deficit with just over eight minutes to play to force overtime and couldn’t pull out the victory after the Huskies, Eugene German, scored the game-winning basket for Northern Illinois with just 0:04 seconds left in overtime. Buffalo shot 50.0% from the field and 34.6% (9-26) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulls was Nick Perkins who had 22 points, 9 rebounds, and a block. On the season, Buffalo is averaging 83.7 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Bulls are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Buffalo has been led by CJ Massinburg (17.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg), Nick Perkins (16.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg), Wes Clark (14.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.3 spg), and Jeremy Harris (14.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to average 76.8 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Bulls have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 1.4.
The Golden Flashes are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 however, are just 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss. The Bulls are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 Tuesday games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Kent State hasn’t been anything special this season on either side of the ball as they rank just 189th in scoring offense, 218th in scoring defense, and 258th in defensive FG% and have struggled on the offensive end as of late as during their 3-game losing streak, the Golden Flashes are averaging just 65.7 ppg. Buffalo led a late lead slip away against Northern Illinois, however, Buffalo still should be considered the team to beat in the MAC this season as the Bulls rank 23rd in scoring offense, 95th in FG%, and 151st in defensive FG%. Buffalo lost to Kent State on the road, blowing another big lead late, however, the Bulls are 10-1 at home this season and as the Golden Flashes haven’t shown much on the road this season, I’m taking Buffalo to cover this large home spread.