Ohio Bobcats (15-15) at Miami-Ohio RedHawks (12-18)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm (John D. Millett Hall)
The Line: Miami-Ohio RedHawks -2 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Ohio Bobcats and the Miami-Ohio RedHawks meet in college basketball MAC-tion from Millett Hall on Friday night.
The Ohio Bobcats will look to finish the season on a high note after a 74-67 loss to Akron last time out dropped the Bobcats to 7-10 in conference play this season. Jason Preston leads Ohio in scoring and assists with 16.4 PPG and 7.5 APG while also putting up 6.5 RPG this season. Ben Vander Plas is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 15.4 PPG and 6.8 RPG and Jordan Drtis also has 13.3 PPG for the Bobcats this season. As a team, Ohio is averaging 71.1 points on 44.5% shooting from the field, 34.5% from 3-point range and 68.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.7 points on 42.1% shooting from the field and 34.1% from 3-point range this season. Ohio is 3-8 straight up and 7-4 against the spread on the road this season.
The Miami-Ohio RedHawks will try to build some confidence, sitting in the basement of the MAC West after a 75-69 loss to Buffalo dropped the RedHawks to 5-12 in conference play this season. Nike Sibande leads Miami-Ohio in scoring and rebounding with 13.6 PPG and 5.8 RPG while Dalonte Brown is 2nd in scoring and rebounding with 10.1 PPG and 5.5 RPG. Mekhi Lairy also has 2.8 APG for the RedHawks this season. As a team, Miami-Ohio is averaging 70.6 points on 42.2% shooting from the field, 34.2% from 3-point range and 71.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71 points on 43.7% shooting from the field and 35.1% from 3-point range this season. Miami-Ohio is 10-5 straight up and 6-7 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I get Miami-Ohio being favored at home, and you could argue that senior night could add an extra layer to the game for the RedHawks. However, the RedHawks only have one senior on the team and it’s not as big of a deal as I expect it to be next year with a huge chunk of Miami-Ohio’s roster in their junior season this year. Ohio is playing the much better basketball lately, especially against the number, going 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games, so I’ll take the free bucket with Ohio in a game I think the Bobcats win outright.