Toledo Rockets (14-4) vs. Ohio Bobcats (14-2)
January 21, 2022 6:00 pm EDT
The Line: Ohio Bobcats -3.5 ; Over/Under: 144.5
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The Toledo Rockets and the Ohio Bobcats meet Friday in college basketball action from Ohio University Convocation Center. Toledo sits at 14-4 so far this year. The Rockets beat Ball State in their last game. As for Ohio, they’re 14-2 and coming off a win over Miami-OH. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Toledo hit a 9-4 run in their first 13 games this year. The losses came to Oakland, Michigan State, Richmond and Kent State. Since then the Rockets have managed a win streak over Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Miami-OH, Bowling Green and Ball State.
In the Ball State game Tuesday, the Rockets scored 38 points in the first half and 45 more from there in an 83-70 win. Leading the way was Ryan Rollins with 24 points and 10 rebounds. RayJ Dennis added 12 points and 10 rebounds as well.
Over on the Ohio side, they lost just two of their first seven games versus Kentucky and LSU. Since then it’s been a win streak versus St. Francis PA, Stetson, Marshall, USC Upstate, Western Michigan, Akron, Kent State, Bowling Green and Miami-OH.
Matched up versus Miami-OH back on Tuesday, the Bobcats jumped out to a 45-27 lead at halftime. Ohio never looked back in an 86-63 victory. Ben Vander Plas was the team’s top scorer on 23 points, six rebounds and four steals.
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The Bobcats are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 at home and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 after an ATS win. Ohio is 6-2 ATS in their last eight Friday games.
Meanwhile, the Rockets are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 4-0 ATS in their last four after an ATS win. Toledo is 6-1 ATS in their last seven Friday games.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on Toledo. I could probably go either way on this one, though; should be a stellar matchup. In any case, the Rockets are on a nice run during this five-game win streak; they’ve hit 75 or more points in every game, and 82 or more in four of them. Toledo is going to need another big offensive performance here, and I think they’ll get it. As for Ohio, they’ve scored 80 or more in each of the last three but they’ve also had a couple of relative close calls lately. I think the Rockets can get in there for a cover. Should be fun.