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Bowling Green vs. Buffalo - 2/1/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Buffalo at Bowling Green
Date & Time Friday February 1, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Stroh Center
Bowling Green, OH
The Line
Buffalo Bulls -8.5 -- Over/Under: 155
TV Channel
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The Buffalo Bulls and the Bowling Green Falcons meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the Stroh Center on Friday night.

The Buffalo Bulls come into this one looking to build on back-to-back wins following an 83-59 win over Ball State in their last outing. Dontay Caruthers led the Bulls with 21 points while CJ Massinburg had 16 points along with 9 rebounds and a share of the team-high with 4 assists and 3 steals. Davonta Jordan added 13 points while Jayvon Graves chipped in 11 points and a team-high 12 rebounds with a pair of blocks to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Buffalo in the win. Jeremy Harris added 5 points with 11 rebounds and 4 assists of his own as well in the losing effort. Massinburg leads Buffalo in scoring with 18 points per game while Jordan leads the Bulls in assists with 3.5 assists per game and Nick Perkins leads Buffalo in rebounding with 7.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 84.7 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the arc and 69% from the foul line this season.

The Bowling Green Falcons will look to rebound after having their 10-game winning streak snapped after a 67-53 loss to Miami-Ohio. Justin Turner led Bowling Green with 12 points on 5 of 13 shooting with 6 rebounds while Antwon Lillard chipped in 10 points as the only other Falcon to score in double figures in the loss. Dylan Frye added 8 points and a team-high 3 assists while Demajeo Wiggins had 4 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Turner leads Bowling Green with an average of 18.9 points and 3.6 assists per game while Wiggins leads the Falcons in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 12.6 points and a team-leading 11.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team. Bowling Green is averaging 78.2 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 36.9% from behind the arc and 65.9% from the foul line this season.

Buffalo is 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 10 road games while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 conference games. Bowling Green is 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Buffalo is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams at Bowling Green.

This is one of the harder games to call on Friday’s card in my opinion, as Bowling Green was playing arguably the best basketball in the conference during their winning streak, and if the Falcons still had that streak, I’d consider the points here. However, Buffalo has won the last 9 meetings between these two teams, with 7 of those 9 coming by double figures. The Bulls have also won the last two meetings at Bowling Green by a combined 44 points. Sometimes, as good as you may be playing, a team just has your number, and I think that’s the case here so I’ll lay the points with Buffalo on the road in this one.

Buffalo -8.5

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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