Western Michigan Broncos vs Buffalo Bulls Prediction, 2/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Western Michigan Broncos vs Buffalo Bulls
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Location: Alumni Arena in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Western Michigan (+13.5)
The Buffalo Bulls (8-6) host the Western Michigan Broncos (4-11) at Alumni Arena on Tuesday. Western Michigan opens this contest as 13.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 143.
Western Michigan comes into this game with a mark of 4-11 on the campaign. They currently have an average of 63.7 points per game (321st in the country) while hitting 43.6% from the field. The Broncos are connecting on 32.5% on 3-point shots (98 of 302) and 66.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Western Michigan is pulling down 33.8 boards per game and has accounted for 176 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 257th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 14.1 times per game and as a group they commit 16.4 fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Broncos are able to force 10.2 turnovers per game while drawing 16.1 personal fouls. They surrender 29.7% on 3-point attempts while they are 188th in D-1 in points per game allowed (70.5). The Broncos defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 43.2% (391 of 905) and they relinquish 34.9 boards per game as a team. They are 68th in D-1 in giving up assists with 163 relinquished on the year.
The Western Michigan Broncos faced the Central Michigan Chippewas and earned the victory with a final of 67-65 in their last contest. Western Michigan walked away from the contest with a 43.1% field goal percentage (25 of 58) and made 9 out of their 26 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Broncos knocked down 8 of 11 attempts for a rate of 72.7%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they earned 32 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 13 dimes in the matchup while getting 9 steals and 2 blocks. Concerning defending, Western Michigan allowed their opponent to shoot 43.1% from the floor on 25 of 58 shooting. Central Michigan dished out 5 dimes and had 5 steals for the matchup. Moreover, the Chippewas pulled down 28 rebounds (7 offensive, 21 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Central Michigan finished shooting 73.7% at the charity stripe by burying 14 of 19 tries. They converted 3 out of their 16 shots from 3-point land.
B. Artis White is one guy who came through in this game. He had 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34 mins and also snagged 5 rebounds. White walked away from this one shooting 46.2% from the floor and totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Broncos was Greg Lee. He totaled 8 rebounds and also accumulated 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 66.7% from the field for the contest by shooting 8-of-12 (16 points). At the conclusion of this game, Lee was on the hardwood for 27 minutes.
Buffalo has a mark of 8-6 this season. As an offensive team, the Bulls are hitting on 46.0% from the field, which ranks them 92nd in the nation. Buffalo has accounted for 1,147 points on the campaign (81.9 per game) and they average 42.6 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 16.1 times per contest (43rd in college hoops) and they are turning it over 13.4 times per game. The Bulls are committing 19.6 fouls per contest and they shoot 65.3% from the free throw line. The Bulls on defense are ranked 263rd in D-1 in points allowed per contest with 73.9. The Buffalo defense concedes 26.9% on 3-pointers (80 of 297) and their opponents are making 76.8% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 12.3 dimes and 37.4 rebounds per game, which is ranked 124th and 278th in Division 1. They are able to force 13.8 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 41.2% from the floor (83rd in college hoops).
The last time they took the court, the Buffalo Bulls got the win with a final of 88-64 when they faced the Miami RedHawks. The Bulls were able to corral 27 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds totaling 41 in this game. They turned away 4 tries while getting 10 steals for the matchup. The RedHawks were called for 14 fouls in the matchup which took the Bulls to the charity stripe for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to knock down 9 of those for a percentage of 60.0%. In the matter of 3-point shots, Buffalo knocked down 11 of their 25 tries (44.0%). When the game finished, the Bulls finished shooting 34 for 67 from the field which had them sitting at 50.7%. The Bulls permitted the RedHawks to convert 25 of their 62 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 40.3% in the game. They finished the game shooting 27.6% from 3-point land by hitting 8 of 29 and walked away from this one shooting 6 out of 6 from the charity stripe (100.0%). Concerning rebounding, Buffalo allowed Miami to grab 27 in all (5 on the offensive side).
Jayvon Graves ended up being a factor for the Bulls in this matchup. He made 6 of 10 in the game giving him a rate of 60.0%, which had him finishing with 16 points. Graves collected 4 boards in his 31 mins and tallied 7 dimes for this contest. Another guy that was important for Buffalo was Josh Mballa. He notched 15 points in his 23 minutes on the court by going 5 out of 9 from the floor for this game. Mballa ended up shooting 55.6% from the floor and also collecting 2 assists and 5 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Western Michigan (+13.5)
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