There’s very little separating the #6 Buffalo Bulls (28-3) and the #3 Texas Tech Red Raiders (26-5) according to online sportsbooks. The spread for Sunday’s March Madness tilt (6:10 pm at BOK Center) opened at Red Raiders -4 with a total of 146 O/U.
Both teams cruised through their first-round games. The winner will move onto face either #2 Michigan or #10 Florida in the Sweet 16.
This season, the Bulls have been very strong both offensively and defensively. The offense is scoring 85 points per game, 6th overall, and is 20th overall in offensive rating. They hit at an efficient 43-percent from the field and 34-percent from the three-point line (221st).
At the other end, Buffalo ranks 32nd in defensive rating and gives up 71 points per game, 171st overall. They have held teams to 42-percent from the field and sit 100th in blocks and 59th in steals.
Offensively, they have been led by CJ Massinburg, who’s scoring a team-best 19 points per game. In terms of rebounds, Nick Perkins has led the way with 7 boards per contest.
The Bulls have been dominant on the boards, sitting 9th overall at 37 rebounds per game .
Buffalo put everything together in their hugely impressive 91-74 win over Arizona State in the Round of 64. Nick Perkins led the team in that game with 21 points, while Massinburg (18 points) was productive, as usual.
The Bulls will be facing a capable offense today in the form of Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are currently 82nd in offensive rating and are averaging 73 points a night (160th).
But the Red Raiders are known for having the country’s best defense. They sit 1st in defensive rating and are surrendering just 59 points, on average, heading into their tilt with Buffalo (2nd). This team doesn’t need to fill the basket to win games.
Jarrett Culver is the leader at the offensive end, scoring 18 PPG. He’s also the Red Raiders’ leading rebounder, hauling in 6 rebounds per game.
But, as a team, Texas Tech is awful in terms rebounding, averaging 32 rebounds per game, which sits 204th in America. Buffalo has the advantage on the boards.
The Red Raiders are coming off a win last time out, beating Northern Kentucky 72-57 in a game that was never really in jeopardy. Culver led the team in scoring, as usual, pouring in 29 points in the win.
Betting-wise, Buffalo is 20-14-1 against the spread, while Texas Tech is 16-16-1 ATS.
Find the most recent moneyline, spread, and over/under prediction for Buffalo vs Texas Tech in the tables, above, and good luck with your wagers.