Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Huskies and Bulls. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Bulls at Alumni Arena in Buffalo, NY. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this Mid-American conference game currently have Buffalo as the -1 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 150.5 points.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES VS BUFFALO BULLS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Buffalo Bulls -1

This game will be played at Alumni Arena at 7:00 ET on Friday, March 8th.

WHY BET THE BUFFALO BULLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Bulls.
  • Not only will Buffalo pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 150.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Will the Huskies Exceed Expectations on the Road?

After losing their last game to Central Michigan by a score of 69-63, Northern Illinois will look to get back on track against Buffalo. The Huskies have gone just 2-8 on the road in their last 10 games.

On the season, Northern Illinois has gone 4-11 on the road, compared to 4-9 at home. They are currently on a two-game losing streak and have gone 10-20 overall.

As the underdog, Northern Illinois has gone just 7-16 against the spread this season. However, the Huskies have a winning 3-2 ATS mark in their last 5 road games and have gone 2-1 ATS in their last 3 games as the underdog.

Today’s over/under line of 150.5 is identical to the average over/under line in Northern Illinois’ games this season. So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 143 points, which is seven points below today’s over/under line. Over their last 10 games, the over/under record is 1-9.

In their most recent game, the Northern Illinois offense concluded with only 63 points against Central Michigan. Throughout the game, they made 5/22 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 39.7%. Yanic Konan Niederhauser led the team in scoring, putting up 27 points. Additionally, David Coit contributed 12 points for the Huskies.

Currently, the Huskies’ defense holds the 306th rank in the nation, allowing 77.7 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Northern Illinois’ defense has allowed opponents to shoot 43.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 34.0% this season.

Do the Bulls Stand a Chance at Home?

Buffalo has had a tough season, as they are just 4-26 overall and have lost four straight games. Their record in Mid-American Conference play is 2-15, and they are 2-12 on the road.

At home, the Bulls have gone just 1-14 this season, and they have lost two straight games. For the year, they have been favored in five games, going 1-4.

Buffalo has not been a good bet at home this season with a 3-12 ATS mark. Their overall ATS record is just 12-17 and they are 1-4 vs the spread when favored this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bulls are just 4-6 vs the spread.

Buffalo’s over/under record this season is 12-16-1, and the average scoring total in their games is 146.9 points. Today’s over/under line of 150.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (147.4), and this year, 19 of their games have finished with less points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 148 points.

In their recent game, the Bulls’ offense concluded with 66 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 68 points per contest. The top scorer for the Bulls was Sy Chatman with 25 points, while Jonnivius Smith also added 10 to the scoreboard.

Coming into the game, Buffalo will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 79.8 points per game (326th). Buffalo’s three-point defense is currently 173rd in the country at 7.6 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 46.2% of their shots vs. Buffalo.