Miami RedHawks vs Buffalo Bulls Prediction, 3/11/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami RedHawks vs Buffalo Bulls
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (+7)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is the venue where and the Buffalo Bulls (14-7) will take on the Miami RedHawks (12-10) on Thursday. Miami opens this game as 7-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 150.5.
Miami enters this one with a record of 12-10 this year. The RedHawks are connecting on 36.6% on three-point shots (191 of 522) and 77.1% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 72.7 pts per game (141st in the country) on 43.8% from the field. They cough up possession 10.9 times per contest and as a team are committing 16.8 fouls per contest. As a unit, Miami is pulling in 34.8 boards per contest and is sitting with 268 assists on the year, which has them ranked 240th in the nation in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the RedHawks are forcing 12.1 turnovers per game and they draw 16.5 fouls. They are 192nd in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 300 surrendered on the season. The RedHawks defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.8% (575 of 1,283) and they surrender 35.0 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They relinquish 34.7% on shots from downtown and they are 213th in college hoops in points per game from their opponents (71.5).
The Miami RedHawks took the court against the Bowling Green Falcons and took home the win by a score of 84-79 in their last contest. Miami walked away from the contest having earned a 46.0% field goal percentage (29 out of 63) and converted 10 of their 25 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the RedHawks buried 16 of 18 tries for a percentage of 88.9%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 42 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 16 assists in this contest as well as creating 10 turnovers and earning 3 steals. Regarding defending, Miami let their opponent shoot 34.9% from the field on 29 of 83 shooting. Bowling Green distributed 11 dimes and had 11 steals for this game. In addition, Bowling Green had 45 rebounds (18 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Bowling Green finished 68.8% at the free throw line by burying 11 of their 16 attempts. They made 10 of 40 tries from distance.
Dalonte Brown is one guy who had an impact for the matchup. He accumulated 29 points on 10 out of 18 shooting. He played for 38 mins and totaled 14 rebounds. Brown ended up going 55.6% from the field but had no assists at the end of the game. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this contest for the RedHawks was Mekhi Lairy. He snagged 4 rebounds in his 38 min on the hardwood. He finished the contest at 54.5% from the field in the game by connecting on 6-of-11 (19 points). When the final whistle blew, Lairy earned 5 assists.
Buffalo has a win-loss mark of 14-7 for the year. Buffalo has totaled 1,737 points on the season (82.7 per contest) and they collect 44.1 boards per contest. The Bulls commit 18.2 personal fouls per game while shooting 68.1% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Bulls are shooting 46.6% from the field, which has them ranked 67th in D-1. They are earning an assist 16.6 times per game (20th in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 13.8 times per game. The Bulls on defense are ranked 246th in college basketball in points given up per game with 72.7. They have relinquished 12.8 assists and 35.5 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 164th and 211th in college basketball. The Buffalo defense gives up 27.7% on shots from distance (124 of 447) and opponents are making 75.4% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 13.6 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.1% from the floor (60th in D-1).
In their last game, the Buffalo Bulls took home the win by a final score of 81-67 against the Kent State Golden Flashes. The Bulls collected 28 defensive boards and 14 offensive boards totaling 42 for the game. They also coughed up the ball 17 times, while getting 9 steals for this game. The Golden Flashes committed 14 personal fouls for the game which got the Bulls to the free throw line for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to convert 12 of those for a rate of 80.0%. With regard to 3-pointers, Buffalo made 7 out of their 21 tries (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Bulls went 31 out of 63 from the floor which had them sitting at 49.2%. The Bulls allowed the Golden Flashes to convert 25 of their 64 tries from the field which had them sitting at 39.1% for this game. They went 22.2% from three-point range by shooting 6 of 27 and walked away from this one shooting 11 out of 14 at the charity stripe (78.6%). When discussing cleaning up the glass, Buffalo allowed Kent State to grab 27 overall (8 on the offensive side).
Jayvon Graves was important for the Bulls in this game. He converted 7 of 17 for the game giving him a rate of 41.2%, and had 9 rebounds. Graves tallied 17 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood and earned 7 assists for the matchup. One more player that was pivotal for Buffalo was David Nickelberry. He finished with 1 assist in 18 minutes on the hardwood, and he converted 4 out of 7 from the floor. Nickelberry wrapped this one up going 57.1% from the field as well as earning 10 points and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Buffalo (-7)
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