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#611 Ball State 141.5 vs.
#612 Buffalo -4.5
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Tuesday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Ball State Cardinals and the Buffalo Bulls. This game will take place at the Alumni Arena at approximately 7:00 P.M EST.

Buffalo Looks For Another Home Win

The Buffalo Bulls have looked like a pretty good college basketball team up to this point in the season. The Bulls have won 16 of their first 25 games and they enter this game on a high note after beating Toledo by 16 points on the road in their last game. In that game, Buffalo's offense was great as it scored 83 points while shooting 48.6% from the floor. In addition, Buffalo enters this game in great form as it has won each of its last two games. Now, Buffalo will be looking to extend that winning streak with a home game up next. Luckily, Buffalo has an 8-5 record at home this season so it should be able to put together another solid performance at home on Tuesday.

Leading the Bulls offensively is junior guardJayvon Graves who has been solid this season. He is averaging a team-high 16.6 points per game along with 5.2 rebounds. In addition, he is averaging 1.4 steals per game so he has been very active on both sides of the ball.

Buffalo's most underrated player is sophomore forwardJosh Mballa who has been great so far this season as he is averaging 10.2 points per game along with a team-high 9.2 rebounds. In addition, he is shooting 55.3% from the floor so he has been very efficient up to this point.

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Buffalo has won 8 of its first 13 games at home this season and it enters this game having won each of its last two games so it should be able to continue playing well on Tuesday. At the same time, Ball State has lost two of its last three games so I do not trust the Cardinals to put together a good performance in such a hostile environment in this game. Plus, Buffalo is averaging roughly nine more points per game so it should be able to score enough points to cover this number. Give me the home team.

Prediction: Buffalo -4.5

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Buffalo is a perfect team for betting overs since it is very solid offensively and below average defensively so I think that this total is a bit too low. Buffalo is averaging 78.2 points per game while allowing 74.6 points per game so I think that there is a good chance that this game can turn into a shootout. Plus, Buffalo loves to play at a very fast pace as it ranks sixth in the nation in adjusted offensive tempo according to Kenpom Rankings so I think that this game should be played primarily in transition which will result in more points. Give me the over as a result.

Prediction: Over 141.5

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Buffalo has been playing some solid basketball lately as it has won each of its last two games so I expect it to come out strong in the first half of this game in front of its home fans. Buffalo has the ability to score at least 80 points in virtually any game while Ball State has been very inconsistent offensively so I think that this matchup does not bode well for the road team here. Plus, Buffalo is averaging roughly seven more rebounds per game so it should be able to generate enough second-chance points in order to cover this first half spread. As a result, I think that there is some value on the home team.

Prediction: Buffalo 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.