Ohio vs. UC Riverside - 12/30/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Riverside Highlanders (9-5) at Ohio Bobcats (8-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Ohio University Convocation Center)
The Line: Ohio Bobcats -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UC Riverside Highlanders will travel to the Convocation Center to take on the Ohio Bobcats this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The UC Riverside Highlanders won their 4th straight and improved to 9-5 (0-0 Big West) on the season after defeating the Morgan State Bears, 81-72, this past Monday. UC Riverside was down by a 41-35 margin at the end of the 1st half, however, used a 27-10 run to start the second half to get the lead and secure the win. UC Riverside shot an impressive 52.6% from the field and outrebounded Morgan State by a 38-32 margin. The Highlanders held the Bears to 42.4% shooting from the floor and 41.2% (7-17) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for UC Riverside was Secean Johnson who had a double-double with 22 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Highlanders have been led by Jaylen Bland (17.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.5 spg), Taylor Johns (15.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 bpg), and Secean Johnson (12.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.9 apg). Offensively, UC Riverside is averaging 74.5 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field and 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Highlanders average 8.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.06. Defensively, UC Riverside is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 38.9% shooting. The Highlanders have a rebound margin of 3.4 and a turnover margin of 0.4.
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The Ohio Bobcats also won their 4th straight contest and improved to 8-3 (0-0 MAC East) on the season after defeating the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions, 65-58, on December 21st. Ohio was able to get out to a quick 11-2 lead in this one and used an 8-2 run late in the 2nd half to take control of the game and get the victory. Ohio shot 47.6% from the field however, struggled from beyond the arc hitting just 2 of 14 three-pointers. The Bobcats held the Golden Lions to 37.3% shooting from the field and outrebounded Arkansas-Pine Bluff by a 35-20 margin. Leading the way for Ohio was Antonio Campbell who had a double-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, and a steal. On the season, the Bobcats have been led by Antonio Campbell (15.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.1 bpg), Jaaron Simmons (14.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 7.8 apg), and Kenny Kaminski (13.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, Ohio is averaging 80.1 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field and 37.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bobcats average 8.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.96. Defensively, Ohio is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 5.5 and a turnover margin of -3.9.
The Highlanders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Bobcats are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
UC Riverside has some talented players in Jaylen Bland and Taylor Johns and could be a tough team to play in the Big West if they can continue to get solid contributions from Secean Johnson. Ohio has been great at home and have one of the better big man in the MAC in Antonio Campbell. The Bobcats will be tough to beat at home however as they are prone to turning the ball over, I think UC Riverside has enough talent to keep this one within the number. Take UC Riverside and the points.