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Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
When: Saturday, March 16, 7:30 PM. ET.
The Buffalo Bulls will be trying to win their fourth MAC tournament championship in the last five years when they take on the Bowling Green Falcons on Saturday night.
Falcons Trying To Secure Tournament Spot
The Falcons played well this season and finished second in the MAC East standings, four games behind Buffalo. Despite their success, they are currently out of the NCAA tournament and will need to claim the MAC tournament title to secure their tournament spot.
FALCONS WIN!!!! FALCONS WIN!!!!
BGSU BEATS NORTHERN ILLINOIS!!!
Bowling Green is headed to the MAC Championship Game for just the fourth time in school history!!!!! pic.twitter.com/XaRwg11e8G
— BGSU Basketball 🏀 (@BGSUMHoops) March 16, 2019
They split their regular season series with the Bulls, with both teams winning on their home floor. With the game being played in Ohio, expect the fans to be behind the Falcons.
Bowling Green has done well offensively, averaging 78.2 points per game. The team is shooting 44 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range.
Justin Turner leads the way for the Falcons with 18.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Dylan Frye is averaging 12.7 points and 2.5 assists per game, while Demajeo Wiggins is averaging 12.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.
The Falcons haven’t played well on defense and are holding opponents to 72.8 points per game. They gave up 79 points per game in their last three games and will need to play significantly better if they want to get past the Bulls on Saturday.
Bulls Going For 12th Consecutive Win
The Bulls played well during the regular season, losing only three games all year. They have already secured a spot in the NCAA tournament but they will try to win their second straight Mac Tournament title by winning their 12th game in a row when they face the Falcons on Saturday.
— UB Men's Basketball (@UBmenshoops) March 16, 2019
Buffalo was great on offense this season, averaging 85 points per game. The team is shooting 46 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range.
CJ Massinburg leads the way for the Bulls with 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Nick Perkins is averaging 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while Jeremy Harris is averaging 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
The Bulls also played well defensively, holding opponents to 70.9 points per game. They gave up 81 points to Central Michigan and will need to do a better job if they want to get past the Falcons.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Bowling Green is:
- 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS win.
- 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Bulls have struggled against the spread, losing five of their last six games and four of their last five games against teams with winning records. The Falcons have played well against the spread, winning seven of their last 10 games against teams with winning records and 11 of their last 16 games following a straight up win.
Prediction: Bowling Green Falcons
Full-Game Total Pick
The Falcons have played over the total in six of their last seven games following a straight up win and 15 of their last 21 games. The Bulls have played over the total in four of their last six neutral site games and in four of their last five games against teams with winning records.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Bulls will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Falcons in the first half of their last three games, averaging 40.3 points per game while the Falcons average 33.7 points per game.
Prediction: Buffalo Bulls
Half-Time Total Bet
The Falcons and Bulls are averaging 74 points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.