Southern Illinois vs. Buffalo Prediction
The Buffalo Bulls are undefeated and have risen to 14th in the rankings as they prepare to host the Southern Illinois Salukis this afternoon. Will the underdog Salukis manage to keep it interesting and cover the spread?
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Alumni Arena at 2PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bulls are a 12.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 148 points. As of Saturday morning, 87 percent of public bets are siding with host Buffalo. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
SIU blasted by Murray State
The Salukis dropped an 80-52 decision at home Wednesday night versus Murray State. With the loss, Southern Illinois is 7-4 on the season. Eric McGill led SIU with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting with go with 10 rebounds and two steals. Aaron Cook contributed 14 points to go with two assists and two steals. Sean Lloyd Jr. added 11 points and three rebounds. Southern Illinois shot only 16-of-51 from the floor including 3-of-14 from 3-point distance.
Buffalo cruises past Bonnies
The Bulls moved to 9-0 on the season Saturday with an 80-62 victory at St. Bonaventure. Jayvon Graves paced Buffalo with 19 points 7-of-9 shooting including 5-of-6 from 3-point range. He also dished out two assists. Jeremy Harris accounted for 18 points, four rebounds and two dimes. C.J. Massinburg added 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals. The Bulls led 47-25 at halftime and shot 27-of-60 from the floor including 10-of-24 on 3-point attempts.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The over is 6-2 in the last eight Salukis games overall. Southern Illinois is 5-1 ATS in its last six games overall.
The Bulls are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games. Buffalo is 12-3-1 ATS in its last 16 games overall.
Buffalo is smacking teams around right and left, but actually struggled to get by the two best teams it has faced this season in West Virginia and San Francisco. This is actually a rematch from a November 12 contest at Southern Illinois in which the Bulls won by a 62-53 final. I think the Salukis stay within the number here as Buffalo will probably take it a little easy against an opponent it has already defeated. Look for this to be decided in the single digits.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: SOUTHERN ILLINOIS +12.5