Ohio Bobcats (6-3) at Detroit Titans (3-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Calihan Hall)
The Line: Detroit Titans +5 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Ohio Bobcats will travel to Calihan Hall to take on the Detroit Mercy Titans this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Ohio Bobcats improved to 6-3 on the season after defeating the Radford Highlanders, 78-69, this past Saturday. Ohio never trailed in the victory and was able to pull late after a Doug Taylor dunk gave the Bobcats a double-digit lead with just 1:27 left in regulation. Ohio shot 50.9% from the field and outrebounded Radford by a 39-31 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Teyvion Kirk who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block.
On the season, Ohio is averaging 77.1 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 28.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ohio has been led by Jason Carter (19.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 apg), Teyvion Kirk (15.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.9 spg), Ben Vander Plas (11.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg), and Doug Taylor (8.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.2 spg, 2.0 bpg).
Defensively, Ohio is allowing their opponents to average 72.7 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 8.4 and a turnover margin of -0.7.
The Detroit Mercy Titans lost their 4th consecutive game and dropped to 3-7 on the season after being defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 101-57, on December 5th. It was a tough spot for the Titans who were playing the 2nd half of back to back road games and Detroit couldn’t fight back after the Rockets took a commanding 49-27 lead at halftime. Detroit Mercy allowed Toledo to shoot 51.6% from the field and was outrebounded by the Rockets by a 54-29 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Titans was Antoine Davis who had 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.
On the season, Detroit Mercy is averaging 70.4 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Titans are averaging 10.4 three-pointers per game on 38.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Detroit Mercy has been led by Antoine Davis (27.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.6 apg), Harrison Curry (16.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg), Josh McFolley (12.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.9 spg), and Derrien King (6.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.6 apg).
Defensively, Detroit Mercy is allowing their opponents to average 80.6 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Titans have a rebound margin of -10.9 and a turnover margin of 2.3.
The Bobcats are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games following a straight up win and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Titans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
There is no question that Ohio is the better team here and should have a huge advantage on the boards, however, the Bobcats have looked awful away from home this season as they are 0-3 away from home and have lost by an average of 22.3 ppg (vs. South Fla., Loyola Marymount, Xavier). Detroit is a team that plays little defense however, has been solid from beyond the arc this season as they rank 15th in three-pointers made per game and 49th in 3P-FG%., Detroit has been competitive at home this season and as I think the public will drive the lineup in the other direction based of the Titans recent blowout losses, I’m taking Detroit Mercy and the points in this one.