Buffalo at Northern Illinois - 2/24/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Buffalo at Northern Illinois - 2/24/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Northern Illinois Huskies (8-18) vs Buffalo Bulls (17-8)

Game Info: Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Convocation Center)

Betting Odds: Northern Illinois Huskies +11.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Buffalo Bulls will travel to play the Northern Illinois Huskies in a MAC game on Thursday.

The Buffalo Bulls are 17-8 (11-4) this season and have won seven games in a row. Buffalo is coming off of a win against Miami (OH) by a score of 86-84. Buffalo shot 47.3% from the field and gathered 43 rebounds in the win. Josh Mballa led the Bulls with 23 points and 17 rebounds in the game. Buffalo is averaging 81.6 points per game and is giving up 72.3 points per game against, while also averaging 42.8 rebounds per game and 15.4 assists per game. Jeenathan Williams is averaging 19 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game, while Ronaldo Segu is averaging 15 points per game and 5.3 assists per game for the Bulls. Buffalo is shooting 46.1% on field goals, 71.4% on free throws, and 34.5% on three pointers.

The Northern Illinois Huskies are 8-18 (5-11) this season and have lost five of their last seven games. Northern Illinois lost to Eastern Michigan by a score of 74-72 in their last game. Northern Illinois allowed EMU to shoot 58.7% from the field and was -11 in rebounding margin in the loss. Keshawn Williams led the Huskies with 24 points and 3 rebounds in the game. Northern Illinois is averaging 64.7 points per game and is giving up 72.2 points per game against, while also averaging 31.8 rebounds per game and 11.1 assists per game. Keshawn Williams is averaging 16.5 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game, while Trendon Hankerson is averaging 11.3 points per game and 2.2 assists per game for the Huskies. Northern Illinois is shooting 42.1% on field goals, 67.1% on free throws, and 33.1% on three pointers.

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Buffalo is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 road games. The under is 5-1-1 in Buffalo’s last 7 Thursday games. Northern Illinois is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games and 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 home games. The over is 6-1 in Northern Illinois’ last 7 games.

Buffalo comes into this game on a roll and will be looking to stay in contention for the regular season MAC title. Northern Illinois has had a couple of close losses in their last two games and is in the bottom half of the conference standings. Buffalo has one of the better scoring offenses in the MAC, while Northern Illinois isn’t even averaging 65 points per game. I like Buffalo to win the game, but I am taking the over with Buffalo’s dynamic offense.

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