Miami-Ohio RedHawks (4-3) at Ohio Bobcats (6-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Convocation Center)
The Line: Ohio Bobcats -9 -- Over/Under: 145 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Miami-Ohio RedHawks and the Ohio Bobcats meet in college basketball action from the Ohio Convocation Center on Tuesday night.
The Miami-Ohio RedHawks will look to build on a 70-58 win over Northern Illinois in their last matchup. Mekhi Lairy leads the RedHawks in scoring with 11.4 PPG while also adding 2.6 APG this season. Dalonte Brown is 2nd on the team in scoring with 10.4 PPG to go along with a team-high 6.9 RPG while Isaiah Coleman-Lands and Dae Dae Grant each have 10.1 PPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Miami-Ohio heading into this game with Coleman-Lands leading the RedHawks in assists with 2.9 APG this season. James Beck also has 7.3 PPG and 6 RPG this season. As a team, Miami-Ohio is averaging 67.7 PPG on 41.9% shooting from the field, 37.3% from 3-point range and 72.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68 PPG on 44.7% shooting from the field and 33.1% from 3-point range this season.
The Ohio Bobcats will be out to rebound from a 95-78 loss to Toledo in their last matchup. Jason Preston leads the Bobcats in scoring and assists with 18.9 PPG and 7.4 APG to go along with 6.1 RPG while Dwight Wilson III has 16 PPG and 8 RPG to lead the Bobcats on the glass. Ben Vander Plas has 12.5 PPG with 5.6 RPG and 3.4 APG and Ben Roderick has 11.6 PPG shooting 45.3% from 3-point range while Lunden McDay has 10 PPG to finish off the scoring in double figures for Ohio coming into this game against Miami-Ohio. As a team, Ohio is averaging 80 PPG on 48.3% shooting from the field, 36.2% from 3-point range and 66.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 74.4 PPG on 45.7% shooting from the field and 35.7% from behind the arc this season.
Miami-Ohio is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a win while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 road games. Ohio is 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. The favorite is 12-3 ATS in the last 15 meetings between these two teams.
This is all going to hinge on the status of Ohio’s Jason Preston. For this pick I’m going to operate under the assumption that he doesn’t play and if he doesn’t play I’m taking Miami-Ohio and the points. This Ohio team has just been different without Preston in the lineup for good reason as he’s easily their best player and Miami-Ohio has stepped it up in recent games against Bradley and a double-digit win over NIU. If Preston plays obviously we may have to re-evaluate, but for right now, I’m taking Miami-Ohio and the points.