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Ohio vs. Bowling Green - 2/22/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Bowling Green at Ohio
Date & Time Friday February 22, 2019, 6:30 PM (EST)
Location
Convocation Center (OH)
Athens, OH
The Line
Ohio Bobcats +5 -- Over/Under: 142
TV Channel
CBSSB
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The Bowling Green Falcons will travel to the Convocation Center (OH) to take on the Ohio Bobcats this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Bowling Green Falcons won their 3rd straight game and improved to 19-7 (11-2 MAC) on the season after defeating the Akron Zips, 73-69, this past Tuesday. Bowling Green allowed Akron to fight back from a 58-49 deficit to tie the game at 69-all with just :19 seconds left in regulation, however, the Falcons were able to prevent OT and secure the victory after Justin Turner hit the go-ahead layup with just 0.9 seconds left in regulation. Bowling Green held Akron to just 37.1% shooting from the field and 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Falcons was Justin Turner who had 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists.

On the season, Bowling Green is averaging 78.9 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Falcons are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 37.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bowling Green has been led by Justin Turner (19.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Dylan Frye (12.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg), Demajeo Wiggins (12.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Antwon Lillard (9.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 apg).

Defensively, Bowling Green is allowing their opponents to average 70.6 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Falcons have a rebound margin of 7.0 and a turnover margin of 1.0.

The Ohio Bobcats lost their 6th consecutive game and dropped to 11-14 (3-10 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the 25th ranked Buffalo Bulls, 114-67, this past Tuesday. Ohio had no answers on the defensive end for the Buffalo’s high-powered offense and couldn’t fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 52-27 margin. Ohio allowed Buffalo to shoot 56.9% from the field and 57.6% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Jason Carter who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.

On the season, Ohio is averaging 69.2 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 29.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bowling Green has been led by Jason Carter (16.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.0 apg), Teyvion Kirk (14.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg), Ben Vander Plas (8.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg), and Doug Taylor (7.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.8 bpg).

Defensively, Ohio is allowing their opponents to average 74.2 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 1.6 and a turnover margin of -1.1.

The Falcons are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Bobcats are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points, however, are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Bowling Green has won 5 of their last 6 games and come into this match-up ranked 50th in scoring offense, 33rd in defensive FG%, and 15th in rebound margin.

Ohio has lost 8 of their last 10 games and currently rank just 274th in scoring offense, 258th in FG%, and 245th in scoring defense.

Bowling Green doesn’t get the attention that Buffalo or Toledo does in the MAC, however, the Falcons are a team that has enough talent to make a deep run in the MAC Championship this season. Ohio has a solid 9-4 record at home this season, however, the Bobcats have really struggled recently on both ends of the court and have lost their last two games at home by an average of more than 10 ppg. Bowling Green defeated Ohio by an 82-63 margin at home earlier this season and as I think they’ll have success against the Bobcats against, I’m taking Bowling Green to cover this road spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Bowling Green Falcons -5

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