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Akron vs. Buffalo - 2/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo at Akron
Date & Time Tuesday February 12, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
James A. Rhodes Arena
Akron, OH
The Line
Buffalo Bulls -7 -- Over/Under: 143
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Buffalo Bulls and the Akron Zips meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the James A. Rhodes Arena on Tuesday night.

The Buffalo Bulls will look to build some steam after a 90-76 win over Central Michigan in their last outing. Jeremy Harris led the Bulls with 19 points along with a team-high 8 rebounds and 6 assists while CJ Massinburg came right behind with 18 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 4 threes. Dontay Caruthers added 16 points with 4 steals while Nick Perkins added 10 points and 6 rebounds to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Buffalo in the win. Davonta Jordan added 7 points with a team-high 8 assists and 3 steals. Massinburg leads Buffalo in scoring with 18.4 points per game while Perkins leads the Bulls in rebounding with 7.5 rebounds per game and Jordan leads Buffalo in assists with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Buffalo is averaging the 9th-most points per game in D-I with 85 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the 3-point line and 68.9% from the foul line this season.

The Akron Zips will look to build on wins in 4 of their last 5 games after a 72-53 win over Kent State in their last outing. Loren Cristian Jackson led the Zips with 18 points on 6 of 16 shooting with 3 threes and 3 assists while Tyler Cheese added 15 points with team-highs of 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Daniel Utomi added 4 threes as part of his 14-point night to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Akron in the win while Jimond Ivey added 9 points and 3 steals. Utomi leads the Zips in scoring with 13.9 points per game while Ivey leads Akron in rebounding with 6.5 rebounds per game and Cristian Jackson leads Akron in assists with 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Akron is averaging 70 points per game on 41.3% shooting from the field, 31.7% from behind the arc and 70.5% from the foul line this season.

Buffalo is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 23-9-1 in their last 33 road games. Akron is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the under is 16-5 in their last 21 conference games. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and the road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Akron has played well lately and the underdog has had a lot of success in this matchup, so a home dog may catch some eyes here. However, home court hasn’t necessarily helped the Zips cover many games at home as of late and that kind of stuff won’t fly against one of the best in the MAC in Buffalo, a team that looks primed and ready to go back to the Big Dance, so I’ll lay the points with the Bulls as I just don’t think that Akron is there yet.

Pick:
Buffalo -7

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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