Buffalo vs. Eastern Michigan - 1/18/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eastern Michigan at Buffalo
Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Alumni Arena)
Buffalo Bulls -16 -- Over/Under: 146.5
TV: ESPN U
The Eastern Michigan Eagles will travel to Alumni Arena to take on the 16th ranked Buffalo Bulls this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles had their 2-game winning streak and dropped to 8-9 (2-2 MAC-East) on the season after being defeated by the Akron Zips, 51-49, this past Tuesday. Eastern Michigan struggled offensively against the Zips and couldn’t fight back after Akron took a 48-45 lead with 5:37 left in regulation. Eastern Michigan shot 44.0% from the field & 20.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Zips was Boubacar Toure who had a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.
On the season, Eastern Michigan is averaging 70.8 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 29.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Michigan has been led by Elijah Minnie (13.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg), Paul Jackson (13.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 4.1 apg), James Thompson IV (10.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.1 bpg), and Boubacar Toure (9.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.4 bpg).
Defensively, Eastern Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 70.0 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The 16th ranked Buffalo Bulls won their 5th straight game and improved to 16-1 (4-0 MAC-East) on the season after defeating the Western Michigan Broncos, 88-79, this past Tuesday. Buffalo had all they could handle from the Western Michigan offense, however, the Bulls were able to hold off the Broncos late after taking a 77-68 lead with 7:26 left in regulation. Buffalo shot 45.6% from the field and outrebounded the Broncos by a 39-33 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulls was Jeremy Harris who had a double-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, & 2 blocks.
On the season, Buffalo is averaging 85.6 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Bulls are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Buffalo has been led by CJ Massinburg (16.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.3 spg), Jeremy Harris (15.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg), Nick Perkins (13.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.2 bpg), and Dontay Caruthers (8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to average 69.9 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Bulls have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of 5.2.
The Eagles are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. MAC opponents, however, just 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Bulls are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. MAC opponents and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Eastern Michigan has lost 3 of their last 5 games and has really struggled on the offensive end as they rank T-256th in scoring offense, 317 three-pointers made per game, & 332nd in 3P-FG%. Buffalo has clearly established themselves as the team to beat in the MAC this season and has been solid on both sides of the floor as they rank 11th in scoring offense, 106th in FG%, and 82nd in defensive FG%.
Buffalo has won the last 4 match-ups agianst these two teams, including the last two by an average of 15 points and as I think there is even more separation between these two teams than what we saw last year, I think Buffalo covers this large spread at home. Good Luck.