Buffalo Bulls vs Colorado State Rams Prediction, 3/19/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Bulls vs Colorado State Rams
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: UNT Coliseum in Denton, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Buffalo (+1)
UNT Coliseum is the site where and the Colorado State Rams (18-6) will play the Buffalo Bulls (16-8) on Friday in the NIT. Colorado State opens this matchup as 1-point favorites. The total has been set at 152.
Buffalo heads into this game with a mark of 16-8 so far this season. They average 81.7 points per outing (13th in the country) while shooting 46.0% from the field. The Bulls are shooting 33.8% on shots from downtown (168 of 497) and 67.3% from the charity stripe. As a team, Buffalo is pulling in 44.0 rebounds per game and has accounted for 385 dimes on the campaign, which is 50th in college basketball in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13.9 times per contest and as a group are committing 18.0 fouls per game. On defense, the Bulls are able to force 13.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.3 fouls. They are currently ranked 182nd in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 309 surrendered this year. The Bulls defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.3% (632 of 1,530) and they relinquish 35.5 boards per contest as a team. They concede 28.4% on shots from downtown and they are 248th in college basketball in opponents points per game (72.8).
The Buffalo Bulls faced off with the Ohio Bobcats and took a loss by a score of 84-69 in their last game. Buffalo walked away from the game with a 34.4% field goal percentage (22 of 64) and knocked down 5 out of their 19 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Bulls converted 20 of 27 shots for a rate of 74.1%. In relation to hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 35 with 14 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 7 dimes in this game as well as creating 9 turnovers and earning 2 steals. With regard to defense, Buffalo allowed 50.0% from the floor on 29 out of 58 shooting. Ohio doled out 17 assists and had 9 steals in this contest. Additionally, Ohio pulled down 29 boards (6 offensive, 23 defensive) and got 2 blocks. Ohio ended up going 78.3% when shooting free throws by making 18 of their 23 attempts. They buried 8 of 15 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Ronaldo Segu is someone who played a role for this contest. He accounted for 24 points on 8 out of 22 shooting. He played 39 minutes played and collected 2 rebounds. Segu finished the contest at 36.4% from the floor and also earned 2 assists. Another guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Bulls was Josh Mballa. He grabbed 11 rebounds in his 37 minutes on the basketball court. He finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field in the game by hitting 6-of-12 (16 points). When the game finished, Mballa finished the game without a dime.
Colorado State has a record of 18-6 on the season. Colorado State has totaled 1,791 pts for the year (74.6 per contest) and they snag 35.1 boards per game. The Rams are responsible for committing 17.3 fouls per game and they go 78.9% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Rams are shooting 47.2% from the floor, which is 52nd in the country. They are earning an assist 14.5 times per game (88th in the nation) and they cough up possession 13.6 times per contest. The Rams defensively are ranked 54th in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 65.5. They are forcing their opponents into 13.7 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 40.9% from the floor (50th in the nation). The Colorado State defense concedes 30.2% on 3-point attempts (186 of 615) and their opponents are connecting on 64.2% of their foul shots. They relinquish 12.7 assists and 33.0 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 159th and 92nd in D-1.
In their last game, the Colorado State Rams walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 62-50 against the Utah State Aggies. The Rams recorded 24 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive boards totaling 41 for this contest. They coughed up the ball 6 times, while earning 7 steals in the matchup. The Aggies committed 14 fouls for this game which got the Rams to the free throw line for a total of 18 shots. They were able to knock down 13 of them for a rate of 72.2%. In the matter of shooting from beyond the arc, Colorado State converted 3 of their 19 attempts (15.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Rams finished the game shooting 17 for 67 from the floor which had them shooting 25.4%. The Rams allowed the Aggies to make 22 out of their 61 tries from the field which left them shooting 36.1% in the game. They shot 28.0% from distance by shooting 7 of 25 and finished the contest at 11 of 14 at the charity stripe (78.6%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, Colorado State permitted Utah State to get 45 in total (14 offensive).
Isaiah Stevens pitched in for the Rams in this game. He converted 7 of 18 for the contest for a rate of 38.9%, and earned 7 rebounds. Stevens tallied 15 points in his 37 mins on the hardwood and had 2 assists in this game. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Colorado State was David Roddy. He came away with no assists in his 33 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 3 out of 16 from the floor. Roddy walked away from this one going 18.8% from the field and also totaling 12 points and 10 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Buffalo (+1)
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