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Northern Illinois Huskies vs Buffalo Bulls Odds
Buffalo will look to improve on its 8-15 record on Saturday when they host Northern Illinois in NCAA basketball odds action at Alumni Arena.
Buffalo battles the Huskies, currently sitting with a 5-16 mark (10-10 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 9-7-1 for the Bulls and 6-12 for the Huskies.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Buffalo sat as 11.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulls - Huskies odds would favor the Bulls if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Buffalo is rated No. 162 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Northern Illinois is at No. 287. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 61-54 win for the Bulls.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Buffalo's No. 134-rated squad against Northern Illinois's No. 204-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Buffalo rates No. 188 in the country with 6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 314 nationally with 4.5 per match.
Defensively, Northern Illinois features the nation's No. 133-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.5 points per game. Buffalo, meanwhile, comes in at No. 251 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Northern Illinois was a 57-41 loser at home against Bowling Green. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. The Huskies endured a 57-41 loss at the hands of the Falcons on Wednesday, despite a 12-point effort from Abdel Nader at NIU Convocation Center.
In their last action, Buffalo was a 65-46 loser on the road against Eastern Michigan. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. The Bulls endured a 65-46 loss at the hands of the Eagles on Wednesday, despite a 15-point effort from Javon McCrea at EMU Convocation Center.
Northern Illinois Huskies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Ball State are 5-5
After playing Bowling Green are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7
Buffalo Bulls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Toledo are 5-5
After playing Eastern Michigan are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
A few Huskies at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Northern Illinois's last 8 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
Northern Illinois is 3-22 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Buffalo
Buffalo is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Northern Illinois
Buffalo is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Northern Illinois
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Buffalo's last 10 games when playing Northern Illinois
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo's last 8 games when playing at home against Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois home to Ball State, Wednesday, February 13
Buffalo home to Toledo, Wednesday, February 13