Miami RedHawks vs Buffalo Bulls Prediction, 3/3/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Miami RedHawks vs Buffalo Bulls
Date: Friday, March 3, 2023
Location: Alumni Arena in Buffalo, NY
Alumni Arena is where the Buffalo Bulls (14-16) will meet the Miami RedHawks (12-18) on Friday.
The Miami RedHawks played Western Michigan and walked away with a win by a score of 77-62 in their last game. Miami ended the contest having earned a 50.0% FG percentage (25 of 50) and buried 8 of their 20 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the RedHawks made 19 of 23 attempts for a rate of 82.6%. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they earned 30 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 14 assists for the contest while forcing 11 turnovers and having 8 steals. When talking about defense, Miami let their opponent shoot 38.3% from the field on 23 of 60 shooting. Western Michigan distributed 12 dimes and had 6 steals for the matchup. Furthermore, Western Michigan grabbed 33 rebounds (14 offensive, 19 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Western Michigan walked away from this one shooting 71.4% when shooting free throws by burying 10 of 14 attempts. They also buried 6 out of their 25 shots from long range. Regarding fouls, the RedHawks walked away with 17 and Western Michigan recorded 19 fouls.
Mekhi Lairy is someone who came through for this game. He ended up scoring 21 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 38 minutes and pulled down 5 boards. He finished shooting 63.6% from the floor and totaled 3 assists.
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Miami will take the court with a win-loss mark of 12-18 this year. They have an average of 74.0 points per game (126th in the country) while shooting 45.8% from the field. The RedHawks are connecting on 34.1% on shots from 3-point land (239 of 700) and 78.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, Miami is collecting 32.2 boards per game and has tallied 421 dimes on the season, which is 122nd in the nation in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 13.8 times per game and as a group they are committing 18.3 personal fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the RedHawks have forced 13.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.6 personal fouls. They are giving up 34.4% from beyond the arc while they are 296th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (74.2). The RedHawks defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 46.0% (785 of 1,705) and they relinquish 33.8 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 205th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 388 surrendered for the season.
In their last game, the Buffalo Bulls went home victorious with a score of 85-75 when they played Northern Illinois. Concerning rebounds, Buffalo allowed Northern Illinois to pull down 25 overall (3 on the offensive side). They went 34.8% from distance by shooting 8 out of 23 and finished the game at 11 of 18 at the free throw line (61.1%). The Bulls permitted Northern Illinois to make 28 out of 57 tries from the floor which had them shooting 49.1% in this game. When the final whistle blew, the Bulls finished the game shooting 32 for 59 from the floor which had them sitting at 54.2%. When discussing shooting from distance, Buffalo buried 7 of their 21 attempts (33.3%). They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 70.0%. Northern Illinois had 19 fouls in this matchup which took the Bulls to the free throw line for a total of 20 tries. They also gave up possession 10 times, while getting 5 steals for this game. The Bulls were able to snag 29 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 in this contest.
Curtis Jones was important for the Bulls in this game. He earned 21 points in his 31 minutes on the hardwood and earned 4 assists in this contest. He buried 8 of 12 in the matchup giving him a rate of 66.7%, and added 5 rebounds.
Buffalo has a win-loss record of 14-16 for the season. The Bulls are responsible for committing 18.9 fouls every game while shooting 69.7% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 15.1 times per contest (50th in the country) and they are turning it over 14.3 times per game. Buffalo has scored 2,336 points so far this year (77.9 per contest) and they grab 37.8 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Bulls are shooting 45.7% from the field, which is ranked 116th in D-1.
The Buffalo defense gives up 34.5% on shots from behind the 3-point line (226 of 655) and their opponents are connecting on 69.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 14.6 dimes and 35.5 boards per contest, which ranks them 320th and 273rd in college hoops. The Bulls defensively are ranked 347th in college hoops in PPG given up with 77.4. They are forcing 14.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 44.9% from the field (269th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Miami
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