Toledo Rockets vs Buffalo Bulls Prediction, 2/19/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toledo Rockets vs Buffalo Bulls
Date: Friday, February 19, 2021
Location: Alumni Arena in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Toledo (+1.5)
The Toledo Rockets (17-6) head to Alumni Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Buffalo Bulls (9-6). The spread on this contest has Buffalo as 1.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 160.
Toledo heads into this game with a win-loss record of 17-6 so far this season. They turn the ball over 11.5 times per contest and as a squad are committing 15.5 fouls per game. As a team, Toledo is collecting 37.8 boards per game and has racked up 379 dimes for the campaign, which is 4th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. The Rockets are connecting on 37.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (250 of 659) and 78.3% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 80.7 points per contest (26th in Division 1) while hitting 45.2% from the field. Defensively, the Rockets are forcing 12.4 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.7 fouls. They are giving up 30.2% on shots from distance and they are ranked 230th in D-1 in points per game allowed (72.3). The Rockets defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.7% (617 of 1,445) and they relinquish 36.7 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They rank 300th in Division 1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 293 surrendered so far this season.
The Toledo Rockets faced off with the Miami RedHawks and walked away with a win by a score of 87-75 in their last game. Toledo walked away from the contest with a 49.1% FG percentage (28 out of 57) and knocked down 15 out of their 34 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Rockets made 16 of their 20 tries for a rate of 80.0%. Regarding grabbing rebounds, they collected 33 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 20 assists for the game in addition to having 9 steals and 3 blocked shots. With regard to defending, Toledo let their opponent shoot 49.1% from the field on 28 out of 57 shooting. Miami distributed 15 dimes and had 5 steals in this matchup. On top of that, the RedHawks had 36 rebounds (15 offensive, 21 defensive) and got 3 blocked shots. Miami finished the game shooting 92.3% at the free throw line by burying 12 of their 13 tries. They knocked down 11 of their 35 tries from beyond the arc.
Spencer Littleson is a guy who was a major factor for the matchup. He was able to score 25 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He played for 36 minutes played and snagged 3 boards. Littleson finished shooting 56.3% from the floor and earned 2 assists. An additional guy that came through in the game for the Rockets was Marreon Jackson. He collected 10 boards and also accounted for 11 dimes. He went 50.0% from the field for this contest by connecting on 5-of-10 (18 points). In all, Jackson played 37 minutes.
Buffalo has a win-loss mark of 9-6 this season. Buffalo has accounted for 1,233 pts this year (82.2 per game) and they snag 43.0 rebounds per contest. The Bulls are responsible for committing 19.5 personal fouls per game and they shoot 65.9% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Bulls are hitting on 46.0% from the field, which has them ranked 88th in the nation. They are earning an assist 16.3 times per contest (33rd in college hoops) and they are turning it over 13.5 times per contest. The Bulls are ranked 238th in college hoops in points allowed per game with 72.6. They have relinquished 12.1 assists and 37.0 boards every game, which ranks them 116th and 270th in Division 1. The Buffalo defense allows 27.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter (85 of 313) and opponents are knocking down 74.8% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 14.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.9% from the floor (69th in college basketball).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Buffalo Bulls went home victorious with a score of 86-54 when they faced the Western Michigan Broncos. The Bulls snagged 32 defensive boards and 15 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 in the matchup. They also stuffed 5 attempts while recording 12 steals for this contest. The Broncos committed 16 fouls for this contest which got the Bulls to the charity stripe for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to bury 12 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. In relation to shots from downtown, Buffalo buried 8 of their 27 attempts (29.6%). Overall, the Bulls finished the game shooting 33 for 71 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.5%. The Bulls permitted the Broncos to knock down 18 out of 52 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 34.6% in this contest. They finished the game shooting 31.3% from three-point range by going 5 of 16 and ended up shooting 13 of 25 at the free throw line (52.0%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Buffalo permitted Western Michigan to get 30 overall (6 on the offensive glass).
Jayvon Graves ended up having an impact for the Bulls in this game. He knocked down 7 out of 14 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which gave him 16 points. Graves collected 3 rebounds in his 29 minutes and tallied 4 dimes in the game. Someone else that was important for Buffalo was Josh Mballa. He ended up finishing with 13 points in his 26 minutes on the hardwood by going 4 out of 5 shooting in the game. Mballa finished going 80.0% from the floor in addition to earning 3 assists and 12 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toledo (+1.5)
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