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Huskies open as college hoops underdog vs Bulls

Buffalo BullsNorthern Illinois Huskies
9-6January 25, 2014, 02:00 | NIU Convocation Center7-10

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Northern Illinois vs Buffalo battle Saturday at NIU Convocation Center as the Huskies look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Huskies bring a 7-10 record (6-9 ATS) to this tilt against the 9-6 Bulls, who are 7-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Northern Illinois go 5-9-1 so far and the Bulls go 6-5.

View Buffalo Bulls vs Northern Illinois Huskies Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Huskies in this one found them listed as 5.5-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Bulls was expected to move the line.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 253-rated Huskies and the No. 129-ranked Bulls, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Buffalo was a 71-68 loser in its last match on the road against Ball State. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Buffalo got 28 points and 11 rebounds from Javon McCrea in a losing cause in their 71-68 loss to Ball State on Thursday.

In their last action, Northern Illinois was a 77-68 loser on the road against Toledo. They covered the 16.5-point spread as underdogs. Northern Illinois suffered a 77-68 loss against Toledo on Wednesday, getting 17 points from Travon Baker in a losing effort at Savage Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bulls is ranked No. 63 in NCAA hoops at 37.6 per game. Contrast that with Northern Illinois’s No. 48 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Northern Illinois is the No. 246-ranked team in the country at 4.18 per game, while Buffalo rates No. 137 at 6 per game.

A few Bulls at Huskies trends to consider:
Buffalo is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Buffalo is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo's last 6 games
Buffalo is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Northern Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Northern Illinois is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games at home
Northern Illinois is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Buffalo
Northern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Buffalo

Next up:
Buffalo home to Western Michigan, Wednesday, January 29th
Northern Illinois at Kent State, Wednesday, January 29th