Buffalo vs. Akron Prediction
Will No. 25 Buffalo be able to go on the road and take care of one of the perennial MAC powers, Akron, when the two collide tonight at 7PM ET?
613 Buffalo vs. 614 Akron
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
7PM ET – James A. Rhodes Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Buffalo is favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -7.5 points against Akron. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 145 points. The public betting currently has 70 percent going on Buffalo on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Bulls tied in MAC East
Buffalo is coming off a 90-76 win over Central Michigan on Saturday to move to 8-2 in the MAC. They are tied with Bowling Green in the East Division. The Bulls are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games. Buffalo is now 20-3 on the season, 8-3 on the road, 13-8-1 against the spread and 11-10 with the under.
The Bulls have one of the top offenses in the nation, averaging 85 points per game while shooting 46.6 percent as a team. Defensively, the Bulls are giving up 71.2 points per game while holding opponents to 41.8 percent shooting. CJ Massinburg is leading Buffalo with 18.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Jeremy Harris is adding 14.1 points and 6.4 boards per contest.
Zips struggling to cover
Akron is coming off a cover and a win over Kent State last weekend, but the Zips are just 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 games. Akron is now 14-9 on the season, 6-4 in the MAC, 11-1 at home, 9-12 against the spread and 16-5 with the under.
The Zips have been led this season by their defense, allowing just 62 points per game while limiting opponents to 40.2 percent shooting. Offensively, Akron is putting up 70 points per game despite shooting just 41.3 percent as a team. Daniel Utomi is leading Akron with 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while Loren Cristian Jackson is adding 13.4 points per game.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Bulls are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven MAC games and just 1-4 ATS in their last five following a win.
Akron is just 2-9 ATS in its last 11 MAC games and 7-20 ATS in their last 27 Tuesday games.
Neither team is inspiring a ton of confidence right now, but I like the Bulls to get things done on the road tonight. The Bulls have played a lot of road games this season, so they don’t get too rattled away from home and still average over 80 points. Akron doesn’t have the offense to match what Buffalo can do and I don’t think the Zips impressive defensive numbers will carry over against a team of this caliber. Akron hasn’t been able to do much at the betting window this year, so I will ride Buffalo minus the points.
College Basketball Prediction: Buffalo -7.5