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

Game
Ohio at Buffalo
Date & Time Tuesday February 19, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Alumni Arena
Buffalo, NY
The Line
Buffalo Bulls -19 -- Over/Under: 150
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The Ohio Bobcats and the Buffalo Bulls meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the UB Alumni Arena on Tuesday night.

The Ohio Bobcats will be out to snap a 5-game losing streak after an 87-80 loss to Central Michigan in their last outing. Ben Vander Plas led the Bobcats with 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting with 4 threes and team-highs of 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double while Jason Carter and Teyvion Kirk each had 13 points. Carter added 10 rebounds for the double-double while Kirk shot 6 of 14 from the floor. Jason Preston added 11 points with 6 rebounds and 4 assists of his own to finish off the quartet of double-digit scorers for Ohio in the losing effort. Carter leads Ohio with an average of 16.2 points and 7 rebounds per game while Preston leads the Bobcats in assists with 3 helpers per game this season. As a team, Ohio is averaging 69.3 points per game on 42.9% shooting from the field, 29.4% from behind the arc and 61.9% from the foul line this season.

The Buffalo Bulls will look to add to their current 3-game winning streak after an 88-82 road win over Toledo in their last outing. Nick Perkins led the Bulls with 26 points on 7 of 16 shooting with 4 threes, an 8 of 10 mark from the foul line and 10 rebounds for the double-double. CJ Massinburg added 14 points and Montell McRae chipped in 12 points while Jeremy Harris added 11 points and 10 rebounds with a team-high 3 assists for a double-double of his own. Dontay Caruthers contributed 10 points and 3 assists of his own to round out the scoring in double figures for Buffalo in the win. Massinburg leads Buffalo in scoring with an average of 18.3 points per game while Perkins leads the Bulls in rebounding with 7.7 boards per game and Davonta Jordan leads Buffalo in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Buffalo is averaging the 7th-most points per game in the country, scoring 84.8 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the arc and 69.8% from the foul line this season.

Ohio is 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games overall and 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 road games while the under is 23-11 in their last 34 conference games. Buffalo is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. Ohio is 0-3-2 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

The points are tempting considering that 4 of the last 6 meetings between these two teams have been decided by 7 points or less. However, this Buffalo team is one of the best that the Bulls have ever put on the court and have won each of their 5 conference home games by double-digits this season. The Bulls are winning home games by an average of 20.8 points per game during conference play this season and I don’t expect that to change here so I’ll lay the points with Buffalo in this one.

Pick:
Buffalo -19

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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