Buffalo vs Ball State - Picks Of The Day, Feb 3rd

Joe Catalano

Friday, February 3, 2017 8:08 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 8:08 PM UTC

The Ball State Cardinals and Buffalo Bulls have met once before this season with Ball State coming out on top 92-77 on the road. Ball State is a mere 2.5 point betting favorite tonight at home in the rematch. Why should we see anything different in this game as Ball State has found much more success than Buffalo this season?

Buffalo vs Ball State


Questionable Odds

Odds makers have me a little baffled with this game as Ball State has had a great deal of success this season, have already defeated Buffalo on the road by 15 points, and possess a strong offense which averages 80 points per game while Buffalo allows 77 points per game. What's not to like about Ball State as they're a mere 2.5 point betting favorite in Friday's matchup?

Tayler Persons

Ball State has won 11 out of their last 14 games. While their defense hasn't been overwhelming, the Cardinals have relied heavily on the play of sophomore guard Tayler Persons and he's responded quite nicely.

Persons is averaging 16.7 points, 5.1 assists ,and 3.7 rebounds per game. At 6 foot 3, 220 pounds, Persons possesses an unusual amount of strength for a guard of his size and this has enabled him to be a force on the inside along with being a threat around the perimeter.

In his last 2 games, Persons has played exceptionally well, averaging 25 points, 7 assists, and 3 rebounds while shooting a sizzling 66% from the field. Expect Persons to have a huge game against a suspect Buffalo defense.

"You Can't Stop Him, You Can Only Hope to Contain Him"

6 foot 6 senior Blake Hamilton is playing with desperation in his senior season as he leads the Bulls in scoring (17.4 ppg) and has simply been on fire as of late.

In his last 2 games, Hamilton is averaging a red hot 30 points 8.5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. Hamilton has been "feeling it" as of late as he's 23 for his last 35 shots from the field and 7 of 11 from 3 point range. For Ball State to win this game, they must find a way to keep the red hot Hamilton in check.

Free NCAAB Pick: Ball State Cardinals -2.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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