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NCAA hoops odds preview - Buffalo vs. Kent State

Buffalo BullsKent State Golden Flashes
March 10, 7:00 PM | Quicken Loans Arena

Buffalo Bulls vs Kent State Golden Flashes Odds

18-12TEAM RECORD21-10

The Golden Flashes will be trying to slam the Buffalo Bulls on Thursday when the teams tip off at Quicken Loans Arena in college betting action.

This game is part of the MAC Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Quicken Loans Arena.

This season, the Golden Flashes are 21-10 overall and 14-11-1 ATS ATS, while the Bulls are 18-12 and 13-10-1 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Kent State boasts a 13-12-1 on the OU, and Buffalo is 16-7.

View Buffalo vs Kent State Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Golden Flashes - Bulls odds would favor the Golden Flashes if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Kent State is rated No. 65 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Buffalo is at No. 128. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 76-73 win for the Bulls.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kent State's No. 125 nationally ranked offense (70.7 points per game) against a Bulls defense that sits as the No. 76 at 64.3 PPG. The Golden Flashes have been averaging 43.7% from the field, less than the Bulls have managed so far this season (47.9% on average).

Defensively, Buffalo features the nation's No. 94-rated defense on the road, allowing 68 points per game. Kent State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 111 nationally in scoring at home.

Buffalo won its last outing, a 64-50 result against Central Michigan on March 8. They covered in that game as a 12.5-point favorite.

Last time out for Kent State, they were a 79-68 winner as they battled Akron at home. They covered in the match as a 3-point favorite. Kent State earned a 79-68 victory over Akron on Friday, getting 18 points from Justin Greene at Memorial Athletic Center.

Buffalo Bulls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing Central Michigan are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Kent State Golden Flashes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
After playing Akron are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Bulls at Golden Flashes trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Kent State's last 9 games
Kent State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Kent State is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing Buffalo
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kent State's last 6 games when playing Buffalo