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Bowling Green vs. Ohio - 1/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Ohio at Bowling Green
Date & Time Tuesday January 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Stroh Center
Bowling Green, OH
The Line
Bowling Green Falcons -4 -- Over/Under: 143.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Ohio Bobcats and the Bowling Green Falcons meet in some conference college basketball MAC-tion from the Stroh Center on Tuesday night.

The Ohio Bobcats will look to rebound after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games following a 72-66 overtime loss to Northern Illinois in their last outing. Teyvion Kirk led the Bobcats with 22 points on 10 of 16 shooting with a team-high 9 rebounds while Antonio Cowart Jr. added 14 points with 3 threes as the only other Ohio player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Doug Taylor added 9 rebounds and a team-high 5 blocks while Jason Carter chipped in 9 points and 7 boards. Carter still leads Ohio in scoring with an average of 17.3 points per game while Taylor leads the Bobcats in rebounding with 8.8 rebounds per game and Kirk leads the Bobcats in assists with 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Ohio is averaging 73.7 points per game on 44.9% shooting from the field, 28.9% from behind the arc and 65% from the foul line this season.

The Bowling Green Falcons will look to add to their current 5-game winning streak after an 86-64 win over Kent State in their last outing. Justin Turner led Bowling Green with 20 points on 9 of 14 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 5 assists while Demajeo Wiggins came right behind with 19 points along with 14 rebounds for the double-double. Antwon Lillard added 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting with 3 threes while Dylan Frye added 12 points along with 4 assists to finish off the group of four double-digit scorers for the Falcons in the win. Turner leads the Falcons with an average of 18.9 points and 3.9 assists per game while Wiggins leads Bowling Green on the glass by averaging a double-double per game with 15.3 points to go along with his team-high average of 12.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Bowling Green is averaging 78.2 points per game on 44.9% shooting from the field, 33.7% from behind the 3-point line and 62.9% from the foul line this season.

Ohio is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the under is 19-7 in their last 26 conference games. Bowling Green is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Ohio is 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams at Bowling Green.

I’m a little bit surprised to see this line as low as it is in all honesty. The records may be close, but Ohio has been brutal ATS on the road dating back to last season and have lost 2 of their 3 road games this year by 20+ points. Granted, those games were against Xavier and Purdue, but it still doesn’t give me much hope for the Bobcats on the road. Bowling Green has won each of their home games this year by double digits and while I’m not sure they do it again here, I think the Falcons have enough to get a cover here, so I’ll lay the points with Bowling Green in this spot.

Pick:
Bowling Green -4

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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