Miami-Ohio vs. Buffalo - 2/20/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Bulls (20-7) at Miami-Ohio RedHawks (13-14)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Millett Hall)
The Line: Miami-Ohio RedHawks +6.5 -- 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 won their 2nd straight game and improved to 20-7 (12-2 MAC) on the season after defeating the Bowling Green Falcons, 95-82, this past Friday. Buffalo was unstoppable on the offensive end in this one and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking an 82-70 lead with 5:14 left in regulation. Buffalo shot 51.6% from the field and 60.0% (12-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulls was CJ Massinburg who had a double-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. On the season, Buffalo is averaging 84.1 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Bulls are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Buffalo has been led by CJ Massinburg (17.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Nick Perkins (16.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg), Wes Clark (14.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.2 spg), and Jeremy Harris (14.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to average 76.8 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Bulls have a rebound margin of 1.6 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
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The Miami (OH) RedHawks lost their 4th consecutive game and dropped to 13-14 (6-8 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Ohio Bobcats, 92-87 in OT, this past Saturday. Miami (OH) fought back from a 15-point 2nd half deficit to force overtime, however, couldn’t pull out the victory after the Bobcats were able to seal it late with solid free-throw shooting. Miami (OH) allowed Ohio to shoot 52.2% from the field and 37.5% (6-16) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the RedHawks was Nike Sibande who had 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals. On the season, Miami (OH) is averaging 71.4 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The RedHawks are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Miami (OH) has been led by Nike Sibande (14.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Darrian Ringo (9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 7.5 apg, 2.5 spg), Logan McLane (8.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 spg), and Jalen Adaway (8.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.1 apg). Defensively, Miami (OH) is allowing their opponents to average 69.4 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The RedHawks have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of -1.4.
The Bulls are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games however, are 0-5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The RedHawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss.
Buffalo has won 4 of their last 5 games and have one of the more dangerous offenses in the country as the Bulls come into this matchup ranked T-18th in scoring offense, 76th in FG%, and 108th in three-pointers made per game. Miami (OH) has been led by their defense that ranks 101st in scoring defense and t-47th in steals per game, however, can have trouble scoring the basketball as the RedHawks rank just 246th in scoring offense. Buffalo is the team to beat in the MAC this season, however, the Bulls have been awful against ATS the spread as of late and as I think the RedHawks offense and their three-point shooting will have success at home against the weak Buffalo defense, I’m taking Miami (OH) and the points.