The Buffalo Bulls (3-0) are off to a hot start and will try to remain undefeated when they meet the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (4-2) at Alumni Arena. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 155 points with St. Bonaventure set as a 1-point favorite. Action begins at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
St. Bonaventure Bonnies at Buffalo Bulls Odds Preview
In the Bonnies last outing, they won big over the Siena Saints, 75-55. With 18 points and 11 rebounds, St. Bonaventure’s LaDarien Griffin had a solid outing. St. Bonaventure dominated every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.4 (better than their season average of 14.4) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.518 (below their season average of 0.523). For those same stats, Siena had marks of 17.4 and 0.377, respectively.
The Bulls come in on a high note after blowing out the Niagara Purple Eagles in their last matchup, 106-87. With 25 points on 8-for-10 shooting, CJ Massinburg led Buffalo in scoring. The Bulls had a much better turnover percentage (10.4 vs. 16.5) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.667 vs. 0.516).
Buffalo could dominate the offensive glass in this matchup. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Bulls rank 38th in offensive rebounding percentage (34.4 percent), while St. Bonaventure ranks 284th in defensive rebounding percentage (68.6 percent). Additionally, the Bonnies, who rank third in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.337), could earn plenty of trips to the line against the Bulls, who rank 312th in opponents FTA rate (0.290).
The Bonnies are 24-14 straight up (SU) since last season, but have had a difficult time covering the spread (13-19-2 against the spread (ATS)). Vegas has been fairly accurate when setting the O/U total of St. Bonaventure games since last season with 18 unders compared to 16 overs.
Meanwhile, the Bulls, are 20-15 SU and 20-13-1 ATS since last season. Buffalo’s games have finished over the O/U total 54.5 percent of the time over that same period.
The Bonnies won the sole game against the Bulls last season, 90-84. St. Bonaventure did an excellent job of getting and making free throws (24-33; 72.7 percent). Buffalo, meanwhile, was lights out from beyond the arc (12-27; 44.4 percent).
St. Bonaventure Bonnies at Buffalo Bulls Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Buffalo, ATS Winner – Buffalo, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bonnies average 4.2 blocks per game, which ranks 68th in the NCAA. The Bulls rank 158th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
- Buffalo ranks 100th in assists per game (14.6) while St. Bonaventure ranks 183rd in assists allowed per game (13.4).
- Buffalo ranks 97th in three pointers attempted per game (23.0) while St. Bonaventure ranks 281st (18.2).
- The Bulls rank 11th in rebounds per game (40.4) while the Bonnies rank 171st (35.7).
- St. Bonaventure ranks 44th in steals per game (7.4) while Buffalo ranks 202nd (5.7).