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Ohio vs. Buffalo - 3/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Buffalo at Ohio
Date & Time Tuesday March 5, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Ohio Convocation Center
Athens, OH
The Line
Buffalo Bulls -12.5 -- O/U: 152.5
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The Buffalo Bulls and the Ohio Bobcats meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the Ohio Convocation Center on Tuesday night.

The Buffalo Bulls will look to add to their current 3-game winning streak after a 77-69 win over Miami-Ohio in their last outing. CJ Massinburg led the Bulls with 20 points along with 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double while Nick Perkins and Jayvon Graves each had 13 points. Graves shot 5 of 6 with 3 triples while Perkins added 5 rebounds. Davonta Jordan added 12 points with a team-high 6 assists to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Buffalo in the win. Jeremy Harris added 8 points with 4 assists and 3 steals as well in the victory. Massinburg leads Buffalo in scoring with 18.7 points per game while Perkins leads the Bulls on the glass with 7.3 rebounds per game and Jordan leads Buffalo in assists with 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Buffalo is averaging the 6th-most points per game in D-I, scoring 85.1 points per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, 34.1% from behind the 3-point line and 69% from the foul line this season.

The Ohio Bobcats will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games following a 73-49 win over Akron in their last outing. Ben Vander Plas led the Bobcats with 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 6 threes and 3 steals while Doug Taylor added 14 points and 7 rebounds and Teyvion Kirk added 11 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Ohio in the win. Jason Preston also chipped in team-highs of 9 rebounds and 5 assists as well in the victory. Jason Carter was held to just 7 points but still leads Ohio with an average of 16.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while Preston leads the Bobcats in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Ohio is averaging 70.3 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field, 30.8% from behind the arc and 61.9% from the foul line this season.

Buffalo is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 33-16-2 in their last 51 road games. Ohio is 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. Buffalo is 4-0-2 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

Road favorites have been far from kind to me as of late, and it’s no different with the Bulls who have had issues covering the number on the road. However, Ohio hasn’t been playing well enough to call home court an advantage and the fact is that Buffalo has had the upper hand on the Bobcats in recent meetings. I just don’t see Ohio keeping up with Buffalo here, so if forced to pick, I’d lay the points with the Bulls on the road here.

Buffalo -12.5

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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