Buffalo Bulls vs Western Michigan Broncos Prediction, 1/12/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Bulls vs Western Michigan Broncos
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Location: University Arena (MI) in Kalamazoo, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Buffalo (-9)
The Buffalo Bulls (4-3) go to University Arena on Tuesday where they'll take on the Western Michigan Broncos (2-7). Western Michigan opens this matchup as 9-point underdogs. The O/U opens at 143.5.
Buffalo enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 4-3 so far this year. They are losing possession via turnover 14.3 times per game and as a unit are committing 20.9 fouls every game. As a unit, Buffalo is pulling in 44.7 boards per game and has totaled 113 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 229th in the country in terms of passing. The Bulls are connecting on 34.0% on three-point shots (51 of 150) and 63.7% from the charity stripe. They average 82.7 pts per game (26th in Division 1) while shooting 46.1% from the field. Defensively, the Bulls are able to force 12.6 turnovers every game while drawing 18.1 personal fouls. They rank 63rd in D-1 in giving up assists with 86 surrendered for the season. The Bulls defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 41.4% (183 of 442) and they concede 36.7 boards per contest as a group. They are giving up 25.0% on 3-pointers while they are 287th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (75.9).
The Buffalo Bulls stepped onto the hardwood against the Ball State Cardinals and notched a win by a score of 86-69 in their last game. Buffalo wrapped up the contest having earned a 39.0% FG percentage (32 of 82) and made 11 of 29 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Bulls knocked down 11 of 20 attempts for a rate of 55.0%. Regarding grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 50 with 23 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 19 dimes for this contest as well as earning 12 steals and 4 blocked shots. Regarding defending, Buffalo allowed the other team to go 39.0% from the field on 32 of 82 shooting. Ball State dished out 12 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. On top of that, the Cardinals snagged 35 boards (7 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Ball State ended up shooting 70.6% from the free throw line by burying 12 of their 17 shots. They knocked down 5 of 17 shots from beyond the arc.
Josh Mballa is someone who was a factor in this game. He totaled 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 31 minutes and totaled 19 boards. Mballa ended up going 53.8% from the floor and dished out 6 dimes. Someone else that was a factor in this matchup for the Bulls was Jayvon Graves. He snagged 7 rebounds and also had 4 dimes. He ended up going 33.3% from the floor for the contest by shooting 6-of-18 (16 points). When the final whistle blew, Graves saw the court for 33 minutes.
Western Michigan has a record of 2-7 for the campaign. As an offense, the Broncos are shooting 43.1% from the floor, which is 242nd in the nation. Western Michigan has scored 562 points for the year (62.4 per contest) and they grab 34.3 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 10.9 times per game (306th in the nation) and they turn the ball over 14.7 times per contest. The Broncos have committed 16.1 fouls every game while shooting 64.4% from the charity stripe. The Broncos on the defensive end are ranked 136th in D-1 in points given up per game with 68.0. The Western Michigan defense gives up 29.2% on 3-pointers (62 of 212) and their opponents are connecting on 73.2% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 10.3 assists and 34.8 boards every game, which is ranked 37th and 155th in the nation. They have forced 11.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.1% from the floor (138th in college basketball).
When they last played, the Western Michigan Broncos took a loss by a score of 80-54 when they played the Kent State Golden Flashes. The Broncos pulled down 17 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 24 for this contest. They also rejected 2 shots while earning 5 steals for the matchup. The Golden Flashes were called for 16 personal fouls for this game which took the Broncos to the charity stripe for a total of 15 tries. They were able to make 10 of the free throws for a percentage of 66.7%. In regard to 3-point shots, Western Michigan made 4 of 21 tries (19.0%). When the game finished, the Broncos walked away from this one shooting 20 out of 51 from the field which had them shooting 39.2%. The Broncos allowed the Golden Flashes to bury 33 of their 66 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0% for the contest. They shot 29.0% from distance by connecting on 9 of 31 and finished the contest at 5 out of 8 from the charity stripe (62.5%). With respect to attacking the glass, Western Michigan permitted Kent State to grab 35 in all (12 on the offensive side).
B. Artis White ended up being a factor for the Broncos in the game. He knocked down 4 of 10 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 40.0%, which had him finishing with 12 points. White had 4 boards in his 31 minutes and accumulated 2 assists in this matchup. One more player who came through for Western Michigan was Greg Lee. He totaled 9 points in his 21 minutes on the hardwood by going 4 out of 8 shooting in this game. Lee ended the game having shot 50.0% from the field and also contributing 2 dimes and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Western Michigan (+9)
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