Toledo vs. Buffalo - 2/14/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Buffalo Bulls (15-9) at Toledo Rockets (12-13)
College Basketball: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Savage Arena)
The Line: Toledo Rockets -2.5 -- Over/Under: 153.5
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The Buffalo Bulls will travel to Savage Arena to take on the Toledo Rockets this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Buffalo Bulls snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 15-9 (6-5 MAC-East) on the season after defeating the Central Michigan Chippewas, 65-60, this past Friday night. Buffalo allowed Central Michigan to fight back after holding a 35-19 halftime lead, however, the Bulls were solid defensively down the stretch and pulled away for good after taking a 64-57 lead with just :58 seconds left in regulation. Buffalo shot 44.3% from the field and outrebounded Central Michigan by a 48-37 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulls was Jeenathan Williams who had 20 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal.
On the season, Buffalo is averaging 78.0 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Bulls are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 31.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Buffalo has been led by Jayvon Graves (16.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Jeenathan Williams (11.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg), and Davonta Jordan (11.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.0 spg).
Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to average 74.9 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Bulls have a rebound margin of 5.0 and a turnover margin of 0.4.
The Toledo Rockets snapped their 5-game losing streak and improved to 12-13 (4-8 MAC-West) on the season after defeating the Miami (OH) RedHawks, 65-57, this past Tuesday night. Toledo trailed by a 32-28 margin at halftime, however, the Rockets were outstanding defensively in the 2nd half and pulled away for victory after a 7-2 Toledo run gave the Rockets a 62-53 lead with just :49 seconds left in regulation. Toledo shot 44.0% from the field and outrebounded Miami (OH) by a 45-31 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Rockets was Marreon Jackson who had a double-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists.
On the season, Toledo is averaging 75.4 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Rockets are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Toledo has been led by Marreon Jackson (19.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.6 spg), Luke Knapke (15.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.0 bpg), and Willie Jackson (10.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Toledo is allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Rockets have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of -0.6.
The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games, however, are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Toledo. The Rockets are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games and 0-9 ATS in their last 9 games at home.
Buffalo has lost 3 of their last 5 games and although their offense can be explosive as the Bulls rank 30th in scoring offense, Buffalo has struggled defensively and come into this game ranked just 303rd in scoring defense & 220th in defensive FG%.
Toledo has lost 6 of their last 10 games and similar to Buffalo, the Rockets have been led by their offense that ranks 75th in scoring offense & 24th in 3P-FG%, however and have struggled defensively, coming into this game ranked just 203rd in scoring defense.
These two teams are pretty evenly matched and as I think this is going to be a close game that comes down to a possession late, I’m taking the Bulls and the points. Good Luck!