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Ohio Bobcats vs. Buffalo Bulls Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/26/14

Buffalo Bulls (16-8) at Ohio Bobcats (19-8)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Ohio University Convocation Center)

The Line: Ohio Bobcats -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: Ohio eyes first place in the MAC-East when it hosts conference-leading Buffalo at the

The Breakdown: The Bobcats sit one game out of the lead in second place after improving to 9-5 behind a decisive 66-50 victory at Akron Saturday. Ohio stifled the Zips to 15 of 56 from the floor and 5 of 21 from outside the arc, while connecting on 29 of 53 from the field and 4 of 11 from Convocation Center Wednesday.

Ohio Bobcats vs. Buffalo Bulls Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/26/14

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distance. The Bobcats gave up a 37-32 advantage on the boards and converted 4 of 6 from the free throw line. Senior F Jon Smith had a game-high 16 points and 12 rebounds, senior G Travis Wilkins scored 14 points, including 3 of 3 from downtown, and senior G Nick Kellogg added 11 points. Through 27 games, Ohio is averaging 71.9 ppg on 45.7 ppg. Kellogg leads the team with 15.3 ppg, followed by junior F Maurice Ndour at 15.0 ppg.

Meanwhile, Buffalo leads the conference at 10-4 and comes in off a 78-69 handling of Kent State Saturday behind a season-high 31 points from senior F Javon McCrea. McCrea, who also finished with 11 rebounds, set a new school record in the game with 1,920 career points. Junior F Will Regan scored 15 points, including 3 of 4 from downtown, and sophomore F Justin Moss added 12 points and 6 boards off the bench. The Bulls connected on 42.3 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from outside the arc, while also converting 28 of 35 from the free throw line. On the season, Buffalo is averaging 73.4 ppg on 44.6 percent shooting. McCrea leads the team with 18.9 ppg, followed by senior G Joshua Freelove at 12.5 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -4 for Ohio and they scored a narrow 73-70 road victory over Buffalo just over a week ago.  There’s a lot at stake for both sides with just three games left after this one and the Bulls clinging to a one-game lead over the Bobcats. home floor should be a big advantage here so look for Ohio to cover.

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