A high-scoring game should be expected when the Buffalo Bulls (13-6, 4-2 MAC) and the Kent State Golden Flashes (13-6, 3-3 MAC) square off at Alumni Arena. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, January 24, 2020.
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Buffalo Bulls Betting Prediction
The Golden Flashes are trying to rebound after their 76-69 loss to the Northern Illinois Huskies in their last contest. Making free throws was one of Northern Illinois’ biggest strengths. They were 17-21 (81.0 percent), while the Golden Flashes were just 9-15 (60.0 percent). Danny Pippen was the top scorer from either team with 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting.
The last time the Bulls took the court, they defeated the Western Michigan Broncos, 90-79. Buffalo’s turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over Western Michigan. The Bulls had a rate of 6.9 (better than their season average of 15.9), while the Broncos posted a mark of 20.1 (above their season average of 14.7). Jayvon Graves was the game’s high scorer with 23 points on 10-for-20 shooting from the field.
After the Bulls won both matchups against the Golden Flashes last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the last matchup, Buffalo won 80-57. The Bulls had a much better turnover percentage (11.0 vs. 27.5) and had a better free throw rate (0.197 vs. 0.158).
Buffalo could own the offensive glass in this contest. The Bulls rank 23rd in offensive rebounding percentage (35.0 percent), while Kent State ranks 261st in defensive rebounding percentage (70.2 percent).
Kent State at Buffalo Betting Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Buffalo, O/U – Over
Buffalo averages 41.5 rebounds per game, which ranks seventh in the nation. Kent State ranks 149th in rebounds allowed per game (35.6).
The Golden Flashes average 14.7 assists per game, which ranks 63rd in the NCAA. The Bulls rank 185th in assists allowed per game (14.1).
Kent State ranks 13th in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while Buffalo ranks 132nd (4.1).
The Golden Flashes rank 26th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while the Bulls rank 125th (6.7).
Buffalo averages 25.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 47th in the country. Kent State ranks 89th in three pointers allowed per game (20.6).
The Golden Flashes have been outscored by an average of 0.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Kent State has defeated opponents by an average of 9.4 points.
During their last five games, the Bulls have scored an average of 80.6 points per game (0.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 77.0 points per game (0.7 above their season average).