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Miami Shouldn’t Have Trouble with Buffalo

The No. 3 seed Miami Hurricanes will try to make quick work of the 14 seeded Buffalo Bulls in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The ‘Canes opened as -14 favorites, and if you’re considering picking an upset in this one, you should reconsider. As double-digit favorites this season, Miami went 10-1 SU and a profitable 7-3-1 ATS at the betting window. Also, Buffalo is 0-4 SU as double-digit dogs this season.

Shark Bites
  • Buffalo is 4-0 SU and ATS in its last four games.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of Buffalo's last eight games
  • Miami is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games

Miami has also taken care of business against teams with winning records, as they’ve gone 9-3 SU in their last twelve games vs teams above the .500 mark (The Bulls went 20-14 SU this season). Buffalo, however, who’s coming off a 64-61 win over Akron as 5-point underdogs, are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games after winning as a dog.

Miami backers concerned with the 14-point spread should rest easy, as the team went 12-6-1 ATS this season as favorites of 14 points or less. Miami also has 11 wins of 14 or more points this season. As double-digit dogs this season, Buffalo went 1-2-1 ATS.

The teams combined to go 32-30-1 OVER/UNDER this season, so there might not be too much of an edge if you’re betting the total. With the total hovering in the 148 range, it’s worth noting that Buffalo went 5-11 O/U in games with a total of 148 or more points.

Click here for a history of the No. 3 vs. No. 14 matchup.

Buffalo Bulls vs Miami Hurricanes Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Miami Hurricanes bring a 25-7 record (18-12-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 20-14 Bulls, who are 17-13-2 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Miami go 15-16 so far and the Buffalo Bulls go 17-14-1.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 112-ranked Miami Hurricanes and the No. 77-rated Buffalo Bulls in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Buffalo is ranked No. 38 in NCAA basketball at 39.18 per game. Contrast that with Miami's No. 196 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Miami is the No. 153-ranked team in the country at 6.84 per game, while Buffalo rates No. 105 at 7.44 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

CJ Massinburg scored 18 points leading the Bulls to a 64-61 victory over Akron at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday.

Miami suffered a 73-68 loss against Virginia on Friday, getting 19 points from Ja'Quan Newton in a losing effort at Verizon Center.

Betting Trends
  • Buffalo is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Buffalo is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Buffalo's last 8 games
  • Miami is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Miami's last 21 games