An eight-game home winning streak hangs in the balance for the Buffalo Bulls (18-7, 10-2 MAC), who will be 13.5-point favorites when they welcome the Kent State Golden Flashes (12-13, 6-6 MAC) to Alumni Arena. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 160 points and it gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Buffalo Bulls Betting Odds
Both teams fell in their last outing. The Bulls lost a winnable game to the Northern Illinois Huskies, 90-88, while the Golden Flashes lost big to the Ball State Cardinals, 87-68.
Kent State did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (12-15; 80.0 percent) while Buffalo had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (32.6 vs. 26.3). Buffalo received a boost from Nick Perkins, who recorded 22 points and nine rebounds. Danny Pippen, meanwhile was a key piece for Kent State with 17 points and seven rebounds.
The high-powered offense of Buffalo (60th in the NCAA with an offensive efficiency of 111.9) will face off against the mid-tier defense of Kent State (222nd in the nation with a defensive efficiency of 104.9). The Bulls figure to have the edge on that end of the court.
Vegas tends to place the total low when the Golden Flashes are involved, as 55.0 percent of their games have ended over the total. Kent State heads into the game with records of 12-13 straight up (SU) and 9-10-1 against the spread (ATS).
Bulls games also tend to go over the total (63.6 percent). Additionally, Buffalo owns records of 18-7 SU and 11-9-2 ATS.
Jeremy Harris has been on fire recently for Buffalo, averaging 19.4 points and 7.0 rebounds over the last five games.
In their first matchup this season, Pippen led the Golden Flashes to an 82-79 victory. He registered a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kent State covered as an 8-point underdog and the two teams combined to put up 161 points, which was just over the projected point total of 158.5. Kent State’s rebounding was their largest strength. The Golden Flashes had nine offensive rebounds and 30 total rebounds, while the Bulls had two and 22, respectively.
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Buffalo Bulls Odds Pick
Buffalo ranks 29th in assists per game (16.7) while Kent State ranks 229th (11.8).
The Golden Flashes average 3.1 blocks per game, which ranks 132nd in the NCAA. The Bulls rank 161st in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
The Bulls rank 19th in three pointers attempted per game (27.3) while the Golden Flashes rank 137th (22.2).
Kent State ranks 124th in rebounds allowed per game (34.2) while Buffalo ranks 233rd (37.2).
Buffalo is 4-3-1 ATS at home, while Kent State is 3-8 ATS on the road.
The Golden Flashes have 6 unders and 5 overs in 11 road games.
In 8 home games, the Bulls have 5 overs and 3 unders.
In their last five games, Kent State and Buffalo have both had 4 overs and 1 under.
The Golden Flashes are 2-3 ATS over their last five games, while the Bulls are 0-4-1.
During their last five games, the Golden Flashes have scored an average of 72.6 points per game (1.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 76.6 points per game (3.0 above their season average).
The Bulls’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.8, down from 6.9 for the season.