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Miami (OH) vs. Ohio - 3/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio Bobcats (19-10) at Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (12-18)

College Basketball: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Millett Hall)

The Line: Miami (Ohio) RedHawks +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel – Ohio / ESPN College Extra

The Ohio Bobcats will travel to Millett Hall to take on the Miami (OH) Redhawks this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Ohio Bobcats dropped to 19-10 (10-7 MAC East) on the season after being defeated by the Akron Zips, 91-76, this past Tuesday. Ohio has no answers for the Akron three-point shooters as the Zips locked up the MAC regular season title by hitting an Akron record, 20 three-pointers. Ohio shot 46.8% from the field and was outrebounded by Akron by a 47-28 margin. The Bobcats allowed the Zips to shoot 43.2% from the field and 46.5% (20-43) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Ohio was Antonio Campbell who had 9 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, and a steal. On the season, the Bobcats have been led by Antonio Campbell (17.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.7 bpg), Jaaron Simmons (15.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 7.7 apg), and Kenny Kaminski (12.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, Ohio is averaging 78.9 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field and 38.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bobcats average 8.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.14. Defensively, Ohio is allowing their opponents to average 74.8 ppg on 43.8% shooting. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of -1.7.

Miami (OH) vs. Ohio - 3/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Miami (OH) Redhawks won their 3rd straight game and improved to 12-18 (6-11 MAC East) on the season after defeating the Buffalo Bulls, 67-59, this past Tuesday. Miami used a 7-0 run late to gain a 62-55 lead and was strong defensively down the stretch to hang on for the victory. Miami (OH) shot 43.1% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 14-8 margin. The Redhawks held the Bulls to 35.5% shooting from the field and 32.3% (10-31) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Miami (OH) was Geovonie McKnight who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. On the season, the Redhawks have been led by Eric Washington (14.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.6 spg), Geovonie McKnight (13.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg), and Chris Bryant (5.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg). Offensively, Miami (OH) is averaging 63.1 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field and 30.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Redhawks average 5.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.80. Defensively, Miami (OH) is holding their opponents to an average of 68.0 ppg on 43.3% shooting. The Redhawks have a rebound margin of -2.6 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

The Bobcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Redhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games however, just 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Ohio couldn’t get the big win at Akron to stay alive for the MAC regular season championship however, the Bobcats have played well as of late winning 6 of their last 8 games and has average 84.6 ppg over their past five games. Miami (OH) has a respectable 10-7 home record and has held opponents to just 62.6 ppg during their three-game win streak. Miami (OH) has picked up some nice wins recent at home against Akron and Kent State however, I don’t think the Redhawks will be able to deal with the size that Bobcats have in Antonio Campbell and that Ohio will cover this small road spread. Take Ohio to cover.

Ohio Bobcats -2

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