Eagles vs. Bulls Prediction
The 16th-ranked Buffalo Bulls have been dominating Mid-American Conference competition through four league games. Will Buffalo win handily again tonight at home against an Eastern Michigan Eagles squad it already defeated on the road by 15 points?
Friday, January 18, 2019
Alumni Arena at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bulls are a 15-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 148 points. As of Friday morning, 75 percent of public bets are pouring in on host Buffalo. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Eagles edged at Akron
Eastern Michigan lost 51-49 at Akron Tuesday night to fall to 8-9 overall and 2-2 in the MAC. The Eagles trailed 26-22 at halftime and could not find the winning formula after the break. Eastern Michigan shot 22-of-50 from the flooring including 3-of-15 from 3-point range plus 2-of-5 on free throw tries. Boubacare Toure led the Eagles with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting plus 1-of-1 at the free throw line. He also pulled down 10 rebounds. Paul Jackson also scored 15 points to go with five assists and four steals.
Bulls win fifth straight
Buffalo improved to 15-1 overall and 4-0 in conference play with an 88-79 victory Tuesday night at Western Michigan. Jeremy Harris paced the Bulls with 22 points on 6-of-17 shooting including 3-of-9 from 3-point distance plus 7-of-8 at the free throw line. He also pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked two shots. Nick Perkins tallied 14 points and five rebounds off the bench. C.J. Massinburg contributed 13 points to go with five rebounds and three dimes. Dontay Caruthers added 11 points, five caroms and two assists as a reserve. Buffalo led 43-39 at halftime while shooting 31-of-68 from the floor, 9-of-29 on 3-point tries and 20-of-29 at the charity stripe.
College Basketball Betting Trends
Eastern Michigan Eagles
The Eagles are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games versus the MAC. Eastern Michigan is 2-6 ATS in its last eight road games.
The Bulls are 7-1 ATS in their last eight MAC games. Buffalo is 5-1 ATS in its last six home games.
Buffalo won 74-58 at Eastern Michigan exactly two weeks ago, so I have no doubt its ability to win by that margin at home. The Bulls play fast, while EMU has one of the slowest tempos in the company. With the game being at Buffalo, look for the Bulls to be more effective at establishing the pace and taking the Eagles out of their element. I don't see signs of Buffalo slowing up yet, so this seems like a good spot to bet on the home team.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: BUFFALO BULLS -15