Ohio Bobcats vs. Southern Jaguars - 11/12/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Jaguars (22-13) at Ohio Bobcats (23-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Ohio University Convocation Center)
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Coming up on Saturday in college basketball action at the Convocation Center, the Southern Jaguars will meet up with the Ohio Bobcats to open up their respective seasons.
Southern is coming off a pretty good season in 2015-16 with a 22-13 record (11-7 in SWAC) for fourth place in the conference. The Jaguars became champions of the SWAC Tournament, but were defeated by Holy Cross in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament.
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The Jaguars will be without their top scorer from last year in Adrian Rodgers. Rodgers put up 16.6 PPG and 5.4 RPG for Southern, and his absence will be felt. The good news is that the second and third-highest scorers from last year are back, Tre’lun Banks and Shawn Prudhomme. Banks averaged 12.4 PPG in 2015-16 and Prudhomme put up 9.7 PPG with 3.4 RPG for Southern last year.
Over on the Ohio side, they’re fresh off a 23-12 season (11-7 in MAC) for a second-place finish in the East Division. The Bobcats were ousted in the MAC Tournament by Buffalo, then went on to the CBI for a semifinals run, ultimately losing to Morehead State.
Ohio will retain their top three scorers last year in Antonio Campbell (17.1 PPG; 10.2 RPG), Jaaron Simmons (15.5 PPG; 7.9 APG) and Kenny Kaminski (12.6 PPG; 3.7 RPG). The only real notable departure is Kenny Kaminsky, who posted 12.6 PPG and 3.7 RPG in 2015-16.
Southern is 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, and 1-5 ATS in their last six Saturday games. Southern is also 0-4-1 ATS in their last five non conference games, and the under is 4-0 in the Jaguars’ last four Saturday games.
Meanwhile, Ohio is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The over is 6-1 in the Bobcats’ last seven Saturday games, and the under is 5-2 in Ohio’s last seven non-conference games.
I like Ohio to put up a strong season this year, thanks to the fact that they don’t have much turnover and will be a wiser, stronger team with their returning vets. Southern will likely have to search a while to find an identity, so for this game I’ll take the Bobcats to cover if the line isn’t crazy.