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Buffalo Bulls vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Where and when: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia, Friday, 9:00 pm EST
The Buffalo Bulls will travel to WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia, for a huge college basketball matchup on Friday night versus the West Virginia Mountaineers at 9:00 pm EST. The Bulls are coming off their first win of the season over the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash by an 82-67 score as they held the Red Flash to only 36% shooting from the field compared to shooting 43% for the night.
And despite allowing the Red Flash to shoot 50% from three-point range, they collected 20 turnovers for the game as St. Francis, Pa, continuously gave the ball away throughout. Nonetheless, the Bulls were able to remain consistent while distributing the ball on offense in which to pick up a victory. This will be the Mountaineers first game of the 2018 season, however, they will certainly be looking for great things offensively and defensively throughout the season.
Mountaineers ready for 2018 campaign
After a loss to the Villanova Wildcats in the sweet 16 in last year’s tournament, the Mountaineers look to have a much better outcome this season as they retooled in which to prepare for a season to where the expectations are high, once again. They will certainly rely on their frontcourt this year as this is where the experience lies with forwards Sagaba Konate (10 ppg, 6 reb) and Esa Amad (10 ppg, 5 reb) leading the corps. Also, Junior Lamont West (9.4 ppg) will also be counted on to provide a life on both ends of the floor for the Mountaineers this year.
— WVU Basketball (@WVUhoops) Sagaba Konate0
Finally, Junior James Bolden (8.7 ppg) along with Teddy Allen (7 ppg) will also have to step things up a bit in which to give West Virginia a shot at winning it all this year. Until then, they will now be facing a Buffalo team that struggled at various times within their first outing of the season, yet, made the most of their offensive opportunities while playing stellar defense throughout to get the win.
Buffalo takes out Red Flash of St. Francis (PA)
The Bulls were consistent in their first game of the season versus the Red Flash as reserve Nick Perkins led the team with 16 points along with nine rebounds while Jayvon Graves (12 points) and CJ Massenburg (11 points, 8 rebounds) all were critical to the success of a Bulls team looking to build from last year’s tournament success after an upset of Arizona before being eliminated by Kentucky in round two.
It has been 234 days since the last time we took the court in a game that counted towards our record…well that all changes TODAY!! Come on out at 4pm as the Bulls host preseason NEC favorite St. Francis #UBhornsUP pic.twitter.com/Nv7hGUeEBZ
— UB Men's Basketball (@UBmenshoops) November 6, 2018
To do this, they must continue to play opportunistic on the defensive end as they collected 20 turnovers versus St. Francis, Pa, while also shooting much better from the floor. Furthermore, with the Mountaineers being one of the most effective defensive teams in the country the past few years, look for them to work for what they get in this matchup on Friday.
- Over is 7-3-1 in WVU last 11 Fri. games.
- Over is 19-7-1 in BUFF last 27 road games.
- BUFF is 8-3-2 ATS in their last 13 Fri. games.
- Over is 13-5-1 in BUFF last 19 overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will certainly back the Mountaineers in this matchup as they will be longing to get back on the court after stewing all offseason from their loss to eventual champion Villanova last season. In all, they will press the Dukes all night while capitalizing in picking up easy baskets as a result. Expect a blowout early in this matchup as the Mountaineers will perform flawless at home versus an up and coming team in the Dukes.
Prediction: West Virginia Mountaineers -625
Full-Game Total Pick
I will back the over in this game in that the Mountaineers will press the issue on both ends of the court for forty minutes. As stated, their ability to pressure the Dukes will allow for easy baskets, via turnovers, to come about. Also, the Dukes shot decently from the floor in their last shootout and will attempt to convert on the offensive end. I feel as though they will accomplish this for much of the game as the total will surpass its set limit for this matchup.
Prediction: Over 155.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
I will certainly back the Mountaineers to come out with focus and intensity in this matchup in ensuring that they begin their season on a strong (and winning) note. As stated, look for the home team to attempt to speed up the decision making for this Buffalo team on the offensive end. With that being the case, they hope to capitalize off turnovers that can lead to easy baskets throughout the game. In all, take the Mountaineers to cruise in what will be a blowout victory on Friday night.
Prediction: West Virginia Mountaineers -11
Half-Time Side Pick
Prediction: No line posted
Half-Time Total Bet
Look for the first half to be a scoring explosion for the Mountaineers as they will certainly control the pace of the game throughout. With that being the case, I will back the over in this instance as the Bulls will continue to fight while keeping themselves within striking distance early. As the second half comes to a close, however, look for the Mountaineers to be on the winning side while the score surpassing its set limit in the meantime.
Prediction: Over 72.5
Half-Time Prop Prediction
Prediction: No line posted