Buffalo vs. Bowling Green - 1/31/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Bowling Green Falcons (16-5) at Buffalo Bulls (14-7)
College Basketball: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Arena)
The Line: Buffalo Bulls -5 -- Over/Under: 159 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Bowling Green Falcons and the Buffalo Bulls meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the Alumni Arena on Friday night.
The Bowling Green Falcons will look to add to their current seven-game winning streak after a 67-61 win over Ball State last time out. Trey Diggs led Bowling Green with 25 points on 8 of 12 shooting with 5 threes and 6 rebounds while Justin Turner added 20 points with 6 rebounds of his own as the only other Bowling Green player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Daeqwon Plowden added 7 points with a team-high 15 rebounds while Dylan Frye had 4 points with a team-high 6 assists. Turner leads Bowling Green in scoring with an average of 17.8 points per game while Plowden leads the Falcons in rebounding with 8.5 rebounds per game and Frye leads Bowling Green in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Bowling Green is averaging 75.3 points per game on 42.1% shooting from the field, 33.2% from behind the arc and 74.1% from the foul line this season.
The Buffalo Bulls will look to keep the ball rolling after winning 5 of their last 6 games following a 77-74 win over Akron last time out. Antwain Johnson led the Bulls with 18 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 4 assists while Jayvon Graves and Josh Mballa each had 13 points with Graves adding a pair of threes and 3 assists while Mballa grabbed 17 rebounds for the double-double. Davonta Jordan added 11 points and Jeenathan Williams added 10 points with 8 rebounds to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Buffalo in the winning effort. Graves leads Buffalo in scoring with an average of 16.4 points per game while Mballa leads the Bulls in rebounding with 9.2 rebounds per game and Jordan leads Buffalo in assists with 5.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Buffalo is averaging 79.5 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, 33.2% from 3-point range and 65.8% from the foul line this season.
Bowling Green is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Buffalo is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.
Buffalo’s win over Akron was a solid win for the Bulls in the grand scheme of things this season, and the Bulls are playing some solid basketball lately which could be trouble for the Falcons as Bowling Green has had issues covering the number this season. However, we’re getting points with a Bowling Green team that’s won 7 straight coming into this one, and the Falcons do their best work against the number on the road. I mentioned covering issues for Bowling Green, but a win here to keep their streak alive means a cover as well. I just think there’s value to the points here, so I’ll take my shot with Bowling Green in this one.