Buffalo Bulls vs Northern Illinois Huskies Prediction, 2/23/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Bulls vs Northern Illinois Huskies
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Location: NIU Convocation Center in Dekalb, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Buffalo (-13)
NIU Convocation Center is the venue where and the Northern Illinois Huskies (2-13) will take on the Buffalo Bulls (9-7) on Tuesday. Buffalo opens this game as 13-point favorites. The over/under is set at 141.5.
Buffalo enters this game with a win-loss record of 9-7 for the campaign. The Bulls are shooting 33.1% on shots from beyond the arc (118 of 357) and 65.9% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 81.4 pts per game (18th in the nation) while hitting 45.5% from the field. They turn it over 13.6 times per game and as a unit they are committing 19.3 fouls every game. As a unit, Buffalo is pulling in 43.6 rebounds per game and has racked up 255 assists on the season, which is 176th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Bulls are able to force 13.8 turnovers per game while drawing 17.6 fouls. They rank 70th in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 198 conceded on the campaign. The Bulls defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 41.2% (411 of 997) and they relinquish 36.6 boards per contest as a team. They surrender 28.4% on 3-point shots and they are 247th in college basketball in points per game allowed (73.1).
The Buffalo Bulls faced off with the Toledo Rockets and went home with a loss by a final score of 80-70 in their last contest. Buffalo finished the game with a 38.6% FG percentage (27 out of 70) and knocked down 2 out of their 14 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Bulls converted 14 of 21 tries for a percentage of 66.7%. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they earned 48 with 22 of them being offensive. They also dished out 11 assists for this contest while having 5 steals and 2 blocks. In relation to the defense, Buffalo allowed the other team to shoot 38.6% from the floor on 27 of 70 shooting. Toledo doled out 16 assists and had 7 steals in the matchup. Moreover, the Rockets had 27 boards (6 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Toledo shot 73.7% when shooting free throws by burying 14 of their 19 tries. They made 10 out of their 22 shots from downtown.
Jeenathan Williams is one guy who came through for this game. He ended up with 19 points on 9 of 15 shooting. He saw the court for 30 mins and also collected 10 rebounds. Williams finished 60.0% from the field and also totaled 2 assists. Another guy that came through in the matchup for the Bulls was Jayvon Graves. He had 5 rebounds and also earned 2 assists. He shot 26.7% from the floor for this contest by going 4-of-15 (11 points). In all, Graves saw the court for 39 min.
Northern Illinois has a win-loss record of 2-13 so far this year. Northern Illinois has accumulated 911 points on the year (60.7 per game) and they snag 36.7 rebounds per game. The Huskies are committing 18.3 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 60.3% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Huskies are shooting 40.0% from the floor, which ranks 335th in the country. Their rate of earning assists is at 10.8 times per contest (318th in college basketball) and they turn it over 14.6 times per game. The Huskies on defense are ranked 287th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 75.4. They are forcing 11.1 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.9% from the field (280th in Division 1). The Northern Illinois defense surrenders 38.2% on 3-pointers (145 of 380) and opponents are making 71.0% of their free throw shots. They have given up 16.6 assists and 35.5 total boards per game, which is ranked 332nd and 203rd in those categories on the defensive end.
In their last game, the Northern Illinois Huskies went home defeated by a final of 69-64 against the Miami RedHawks. The Huskies snagged 18 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 26 for the matchup. They turned away 7 attempts while recording 5 steals in this contest. The RedHawks were called for 15 fouls for the game which took the Huskies to the free throw line for 10 attempts. They were able to convert 5 of the free throws for a percentage of 50.0%. Pertaining to shooting from beyond the arc, Northern Illinois knocked down 7 out of 19 tries (36.8%). At the conclusion of this game, the Huskies shot 26 out of 53 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 49.1%. The Huskies permitted the RedHawks to knock down 21 out of 53 tries from the floor which had them at 39.6% in this contest. They finished shooting 31.8% from three-point range by going 7 of 22 and ended up shooting 20 out of 24 at the free throw line (83.3%). Concerning cleaning the glass, Northern Illinois allowed Miami to pull down 36 in all (13 on the offensive glass).
Trendon Hankerson was important for the Huskies for the matchup. He made 8 out of 14 for the contest for a rate of 57.1%, which gave him 22 points. Hankerson grabbed 4 boards in his 37 minutes and had 2 dimes in this matchup. One more player that ended up playing a role for Northern Illinois was Tyler Cochran. He ended up finishing with 11 points in 29 minutes on the hardwood by way of 5 out of 9 from the floor for this contest. Cochran finished going 55.6% from the floor while also earning 2 dimes and 3 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Northern Illinois (+13) and over 141.5 points
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