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Marquette vs. Buffalo - 12/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo Bulls (11-0) at Marquette Golden Eagles (9-2)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Marquette Golden Eagles -2.5 -- Over/Under: 154
TV Channel
FS-1
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The Buffalo Bulls and the Marquette Golden Eagles meet in college basketball action from Fiserv Forum on Friday night.

The Buffalo Bulls come into this game looking to remain unbeaten and improve on their 11-0 record after a huge 71-59 road win over Syracuse in their last outing. CJ Massinburg led the Bulls with 25 points on 8 of 16 shooting with 4 threes, 8 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists while Jeremy Harris added 18 points with 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Davonta Jordan and Nick Perkins each had 10 points with Jordan adding 4 assists while Perkins pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds for the double-double to round out the scoring in double figures for Buffalo in the win. Massinburg leads Buffalo in scoring with 17.9 points per game while Perkins leads the Bulls on the glass with 8.5 rebounds per game and Jordan leads the Bulls with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 83.9 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the 3-point line and 72.8% from the foul line this season.

The Marquette Golden Eagles will look for a marquee win to add to their current 6-game winning streak after a 92-66 win over North Dakota in their last outing. Markus Howard led the Golden Eagles with 26 points on 9 of 13 shooting with 4 threes and 3 steals while Sam Hauser added 21 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 5 threes and Ed Morrow added 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting with 8 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Marquette in the win. Joey Hauser added a team-high 10 rebounds and 6 assists while Joseph Chartouny added 8 boards and 4 assists. Howard leads the Golden Eagles with an average of 23.2 points and 4.5 assists per game while Sam Hauser leads the Golden Eagles on the glass with 6.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Marquette is averaging 77.5 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 75.6% from the foul line this season.

Buffalo is 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 18-7-3 ATS in their last 28 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Big East. Marquette is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 non-conference games.

Okay, I know the Bulls are on the road, and that Marquette is a solid team offensively, especially at home where they’re outscoring their opposition by 18.4 points per game this season. However, Buffalo continues to get no respect from Vegas and they just took care of Syracuse handily in arguably one of the tougher road environments in all of college hoops. I’m buying in on Buffalo and I think the Bulls stay undefeated and win outright but I’ll take the free bucket just to be safe.

Pick:
Buffalo +2.5

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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