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St. Bonaventure vs. Ohio - 12/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio Bobcats (4-2) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (4-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Reilly Center)

The Line: St. Bonaventure Bonnies -7.5-- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Time Warner Sports Channel – New York

The Ohio Bobcats will travel to the Reilly Center to take on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in College Basketball action this Saturday afternoon.

The Ohio Bobcats rebounded from their lost to Florida State and defeated the Marshall Thundering Herd, 85-70, this past Tuesday to improve to 4-2 (0-0 MAC East) on the season. Ohio used to a 10-0 run in the 2nd half to pull away from Marshall and get the win. Ohio shot 50.8% from the field, however, this commit 19 turnovers in the victory. The Bobcats allowed the Thundering Herd to shot 42.0% from the field and outrebounded Marshall by a 45-33 margin. Leading the way for Ohio was Jaaron Simmons who had 25 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Bobcats have been led by Jaaron Simmons (17.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 7.7 apg), Kenny Kaminski (14.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg), and Antonio Campbell (11.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg). Offensively, Ohio is averaging 84.5 ppg on 48.6% shooting. The Bobcats average 9.0 three-pointers per game on 39.7% three-point shooting. Defensively, Ohio is allowing 77.2 ppg on 44.7% shooting. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 5.3 and a turnover margin of -4.7.

St. Bonaventure vs. Ohio - 12/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Bonaventure Bonnies improved 4-2 (0-0 A-10) on the season after defeating the Buffalo Bulls, 60-58, this past Wednesday. St. Bonaventure had a 7-point led late in this game but needed a jumper by Marcus Posley with 10 seconds left in the game to get the win. St. Bonaventure shot 40.3% from the field however, struggled from beyond the arc hitting just 9.5% (2-21) of their three-pointers. The Bonnies allowed the Bulls to shoot 43.2% from the field and forced Buffalo to commit 21 turnovers. Leading the way for St. Bonaventure was Dion Wright who had 26 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, the Bonnies have been led by Marcus Posley (18.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.5 apg), Dion Wright (17.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg), and Jaylen Adams (13.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.3 apg). Offensively, St. Bonaventure is averaging 73.8 ppg on 42.5% shooting. The Bonnies are shooting just 26.9% from beyond the arc and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.06. Defensively, St. Bonaventure is allowing opponents to average 72.3 ppg on 42.4% shooting. The Bonnies have a rebound margin of 2.7 and a turnover margin of 0.3.

The Bobcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Bonnies are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games.

Ohio has gotten off to an outstanding start of the season as transfers Jaaron Simmons (Houston) and Kenny Kaminski (Michigan State) have been outstanding for the Bobcats. St. Bonaventure no longer has Youssou Ndoye, however returning starters Marcus Posley and Dion Wright have St. Bonaventure playing solid basketball. Ohio’s only losses of the season have been against Tulsa and Florida State and as they have been great offensively, I think they’ll be able to keep this one within the large number against the Bonnies on the road. Take Ohio and the points.  

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