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Arizona State vs. Buffalo - 3/22/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona State vs. Buffalo
Date & Time Friday March 22, 2019, 4:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Oklahoma Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Line
The Line: Buffalo -5.5 -- Over/Under: 155.5
TV Channel
TNT
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The Arizona State Sun Devils and Buffalo Bulls Thursday meet in the first round of the college basketball NCAA Tournament at the Bank of Oklahoma Center.

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The Arizona State Sun Devils look for another victory after comfortably beating St. John's on Wednesday. The Arizona State Sun Devils are averaging 77.7 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 72.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Luguentz Dort is averaging 16.1 points and 4.3 rebounds while Remy Martin is averaging 13.4 points and 5.1 assists. Zylan Cheatham is the third double-digit scorer and Rob Edwards is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Arizona State Sun Devils are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Arizona State Sun Devils are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.2 rebounds per game. The Arizona State Sun Devils have won five of their last seven non-home games.

The Buffalo Bulls enter this tournament on a 12-game winning streak. The Buffalo Bulls are averaging 84.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 70.5 points on 41.8 percent shooting. CJ Massinburg is averaging 18.3 points and 6.6 rebounds while Nick Perkins is averaging 14.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. Jeremy Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Jayvon Graves is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Buffalo Bulls are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The Buffalo Bulls are allowing 30.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Buffalo Bulls have won their last seven non-home games.

The Sun Devils are 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 non-conference games, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games, 19-6-2 ATS in their last 27 neutral site games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 5-1-1 in Bulls last 7 neutral site games. The under is 6-2 in Sun Devils last 8 overall.

These are two very explosive offensive teams, so free points are probably going to come in handy. The Arizona State Sun Devils have ben shaky at times this season, but they're playing their best ball of the season right now and that defense is allowing just 39.5 percent shooting in their last five games. The Buffalo Bulls are good and one of the highest scoring teams in the country, but they don't often play a team like ASU, a squad loaded with playmakers and guys who can get off their own shot. This is sure to be a back and forth offensive shootout that could come down to the wire. I want the free buckets in my back pocket.

Pick:
Arizona State Sun Devils +5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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