Ohio Bobcats vs. Buffalo Bulls - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Bulls (12-5) at Ohio Bobcats (6-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Ohio University Convocation Center)
The Line: Ohio Bobcats +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Buffalo Bulls will travel to the Convocation Center to take on the Ohio Bobcats this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Buffalo Bulls dropped to 12-5 (3-2 MAC) on the season after being defeated 84-73 by the Central Michigan Chippewas this past Wednesday. Buffalo was outscored 46-28 in the second half of this one and allowed Central Michigan to shoot 55.2% (16-29) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulls was Justin Moss who had 26 points and 9 rebounds. Buffalo is ranked 53rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 120th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulls have been led by Justin Moss (18.7 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.0 spg) and Shannon Evans (16.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.8 apg). Offensively, Buffalo is averaging 73.8 ppg (ranked 45th) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 195th). The Bulls shoot 72.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 69th) and commit just 12.1 turnovers per game (ranked 98th). Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to average 67.4 ppg (ranked 205th) on 41.1% shooting (ranked 115th). The Bulls average 7.1 spg (ranked 88th) and pull down 37.94 total rpg (ranked 49th).
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The Ohio Bobcats snapped a four game losing streak and improved to 6-10 (1-4 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals 82-73 this past Wednesday. Ohio shot 61.7% from the field and 72.2% (13-18) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Javarez Willis who had 27 points, 4 rebound, and 6 assists. Ohio is ranked 214th in the RPI Standings and has played the 93rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Bobcats have been led by Javarez Willis (15.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Maurice Daly Ndour (15.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.1 bpg). Offensively, Ohio is averaging 68.5 ppg (ranked 152nd) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 145th). The Bobcats are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 119th) however, average just 11.4 apg (ranked 265th). Defensively, Ohio is allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg (ranked 277th) on 42.2% shooting (ranked 159th). The Bobcats are pulling down an average of 26.25 defensive rpg (ranked 47th) however, have a rebound margin of -0.6 (ranked 227th).
The Bulls are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss and 25-10 ATS in their last 35 games overall. The Bobcats are 27-12 ATS in their last 39 home games vs. a team with a winning road record however just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Ohio was on absolute fire on the offensive end in their recent victory however, I just don’t see the Bobcats being able to put up those types of offensive numbers in consecutive games. Buffalo will need to defend better than what they showed against Central Michigan, but they are the far better team in this one and should win this game handly. The line has yet to be posted for this match-up but as long as it's not too large, I like Buffalo to cover in this one.
Updated (1/23/2015) - Looks as if the line is just 2.5 for Ohio. I just don't think Ohio will have the same success on offensive as they did against Ball State and Buffalo wins this one by at least 5. Take Buffalo to cover.