Buffalo Bulls (2-0) at Southern Illinois Salukis (0-1)
College Basketball: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm (SIU Arena)
The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis +3 -- Over/Under: 152.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Buffalo Bulls will travel to SIU Arena to take on the Southern Illinois Salukis this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The Buffalo Bulls improved to 2-0 on the season after upsetting the 13th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers, 99-94 (OT), on the road this past Friday. Buffalo was able to force OT after trailing by a 68-56 margin with 8:55 left in regulation and had no trouble securing the victory after starting the OT period on an 11-2 run. Buffalo shot 40.0% from the field while allowing the Mountaineers to shoot 43.9% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. The Bulls outrebounded West Virginia by a 50-46 margin while winning the turnover battle by a 19-11 margin. Leading the way for the Bulls was CJ Massinburg who had a monster double-double with 43 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block. Jeremy Harris had a solid overall game as he poured in 16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, and a steal while Jayvon Graves chipped in 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist.
On the season, Buffalo is averaging 90.5 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Bulls are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 25.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Bulls are allowing an average of 80.5 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. Buffalo has a rebound margin of -0.5 however, has a turnover martin of 8.5.
The Southern Illinois Salukis fought hard however, came up short in their season openers after falling to the 2nd ranked Kentucky Wildcats, 71-59, this past Friday. Southern Illinois led by a 46-40 margin almost midway though the 2nd half, however, the offense struggled down the stretch and couldn’t fight back after Kentucky took a 61-52 lead with 5:39 left in regulation. Southern Illinois shot 41.1% from the field while allowing the Wildcats shoot 44.4% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc. Southern Illinois did a great job forcing turnovers as they won the turnover battle by a 19-13 margin, however, the Salukis were dominated on the boards, losing the rebound battle by a 48-19 margin. Leading the way for the Salukis was Kavion Pippen who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 Steals. Aaron Cook chipped in with 18 points (7-12 FG), 2 assists, and 2 steals while Armon Fletcher had 8 points & 3 rebounds in 15 minutes.
Southern Illinois comes into this season with high expectations as they returned basically everyone from a 20-win team last year that finished 2nd in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Salukis are led by a solid backcourt of Armon Fletcher & Aaron Cook and have a solid frontcourt led by Kavion Pippen and Thik Bol who is back this year after missing last season due to injury.
The Bulls are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 13-6-2 ATS in their last 21 road games. The Salukis are 3-1-2 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win.
This is going to be a great game on Monday night as both Buffalo and Southern Illinois should make plenty of noise this season in their respective mid-major conferences. I think a lot of people are going to be on Buffalo after their victory at West Virginia however, I think Southern Illinois is the more well-rounded team and as the Salukis should have a solid advantage in the front court, I’m taking Southern Illinois at home with the points.