Buffalo vs Northern Illinois Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/13/24

Northern Illinois (8-15) vs Buffalo (3-20)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Convocation Center)

Betting Odds: Northern Illinois -9.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Buffalo Bulls need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Northern Illinois Huskies also need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a Buffalo Bulls vs Northern Illinois Huskies prediction.

Buffalo Bulls Betting Preview

The Buffalo Bulls recently lost to Kent State and Bowling Green while beating Georgia Southern. The Buffalo Bulls are averaging 67.4 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 80.4 points on 48.4 percent shooting. Sy Chatman is averaging 18 points and 6.4 rebounds, while Isaiah Adas is averaging 13.2 points and 3.9 rebounds. Ryan Sabol is grabbing 1.5 rebounds and Shawn Fulcher is dishing 1.3 assists. The Buffalo Bulls are shooting 26.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Buffalo Bulls are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.8 rebounds per game.

Northern Illinois Huskies Betting Preview

The Northern Illinois Huskies recently beat Eastern Michigan and Miami (OH) while losing to South Alabama. The Northern Illinois Huskies are averaging 75.6 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 78.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting. David Coit is averaging 19.2 points and 3.5 rebounds, while Zarique Nutter is averaging 15.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. Xavier Amos is the third double-digit scorer and Philemon Gabrewhit is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Northern Illinois Huskies are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Illinois Huskies are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.7 rebounds per game.

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Northern Illinois Huskies Team Facts

  • Northern Illinois has lost nine of its last 10 night games against the Mid-American Conference.
  • Five of the last six games between Buffalo and Northern Illinois at NIU Convocation Center have produced a total of 152+ points.
  • Northern Illinois has lost the first half in five of its last six home games against non-AP-ranked opponents.

Buffalo Bulls Team Facts

  • Buffalo has lost each of its last nine games against the Mid-American Conference.
  • Five of Buffalo's last six games at NIU Convocation Center have produced a total of 152+ points.
  • Buffalo has lost the first half in eight of its last nine games against the Mid-American Conference.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Northern Illinois ranks T10th among Division 1 teams for opponent blocks per game this season (2.3).
  • Northern Illinois ranks 18th among Division 1 teams for blocks per game this season (5.2).
  • Buffalo ranks 360th among Division 1 teams for three-point percentage this season (26.6%).
  • Buffalo ranks 360th among Division 1 teams for opponent field goals made per game this season (30.2).

Buffalo Bulls vs Northern Illinois Huskies prediction

The Northern Illinois Huskies are the better team, obviously, and being at home helps, but this line feels like a stretch. While the Buffalo Bulls are awful at both ends of the floor, especially defensively, let's not act like NIU is some world beater. Northern Illinois struggles defensively, consistently finds itself in close games, and is 7-14 ATS on the season. Also, home court hasn't mattered much, considering Northern Illinois is 4-6 SU. I don't want to back Buffalo as much as the next guy, but this is a lot of points. Give me the Bulls.

Randy’s Pick Buffalo +9.5

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