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Buffalo vs. Texas Tech - 3/24/19 NCAA College Basketball Second Round Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo at Texas Tech
Date & Time Sunday March 24, 2019, 6:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Bank of Oklahoma Center
Tulsa, OK
The Line
Texas Tech Red Raiders -3.5 -- O/U: 146
TV Channel
TNT
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The Buffalo Bulls and the Texas Tech Red Raiders meet in an NCAA tournament second round matchup in college basketball action from the Bank of Oklahoma Center on Sunday evening.

The Buffalo Bulls come into the second round after taking down 11-seed Arizona State by a final score of 91-74. Jeremy Harris and Nick Perkins each had 21 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double while CJ Massinburg added 18 points along with 4 threes and 6 rebounds. Jayvon Graves chipped in 13 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Buffalo in the winning effort. Davonta Jordan also chipped in a team-high 7 assists as well for the Bulls. Massinburg leads Buffalo in scoring with 18.3 points per game while Perkins leads the Bulls in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game and Jordan is Buffalo’s leader in assists with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Buffalo is averaging the 4th-most points per game in D-I, averaging 85.1 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 33.7% from behind the arc and 69.3% from the foul line this season.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders booked their spot in the second round after a 72-57 win over Northern Kentucky in the opening round. Jarrett Culver led the Red Raiders with 29 points on 10 of 17 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 8 rebounds along with 7 assists. Tariq Owens contributed 12 points and 5 blocks while Davide Moretti added 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Texas Tech in the win. Matt Mooney added 9 points as well as team-highs of 8 assists and 5 steals as well in the victory for the Red Raiders. Culver leads Texas Tech with an average of 18.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Texas Tech is averaging 73.1 points per game on 47.3% shooting from the field, 36.7% from behind the 3-point line and 72.4% from the foul line this season. The Red Raiders are also one of the nation’s best defensive units, sitting 3rd in the country in scoring defense, giving up 59.2 points per game and 2nd in field goal percentage against, allowing their opponents to shoot just 36.9% from the field this season.

Buffalo is 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games and 20-6-2 ATS in their last 28 neutral site games while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 NCAA tournament games. Texas Tech is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 NCAA tournament games.

I’m tempted to give Buffalo a look with the points as the Bulls are strong offensively. However, Texas Tech is a major step up in defense from Arizona State, as Texas Tech has allowed just five teams to score more than 70 points in the entire year up to this point. Texas Tech isn’t dominant offensively but I think the Red Raiders do enough in addition to their defensive effort to pick up a win and cover to move on to the Sweet 16 with a win and a cover in this one.

Pick:
Texas Tech -3.5

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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