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South Florida vs. Ohio - 11/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio Bobcats (2-0) at South Florida Bulls (2-0)
Date & Time Friday November 16, 2018, 4:30 PM (EST)
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The Line: South Florida Bulls +6.5 -- Over/Under:
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NCAA BB | Ohio Bobcats (2-0) at South Florida Bulls (2-0)
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The Ohio Bobcats and the South Florida Bulls meet in college basketball action on Friday as part of the Jamaica Classic at Montego Bay from the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

The Ohio Bobcats come into this game with a 2-0 record following an 81-73 win over Campbell in their last outing. Jason Carter led the Bobcats with 24 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field and from the foul line while Doug Taylor, Teyvion Kirk and Ben Vander Plas each had 24 points. Taylor added 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks for the double-double while Kirk added 7 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists and Vander Plas shot 5 of 9 from the floor with 4 threes. Jason Preston added 12 points to round out the double-digit scoring for Ohio in the winning effort. Carter leads the Bobcats in scoring with 20.5 points per game while Taylor leads the Bobcats in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 10 points and a team-high 10.5 rebounds and Antonio Cowart Jr. leads the Bobcats in assists with 4 helpers per game this season. As a team, Ohio is averaging 89 points per game on 48.9% shooting from the field, 31% from behind the 3-point line and 67.3% from the foul line through their first two games of the season.

The South Florida Bulls also come into this one with a 2-0 mark on the year after a 74-70 overtime win over Austin Peay in their last outing. Laquincy Rideau led the Bulls with 17 points, 5 assists and a pair of steals while David Collins and T.J. Lang each had 15 points. Collins added 4 steals while Lang shot 4 of 8 from the floor with 3 triples. Mayan Kiir added 11 points with a pair of steals and 3 blocks to finish off the double-digit scoring for South Florida in the win, while Michael Durr added a team-high 11 rebounds as well in the victory. Collins leads the Bulls in scoring with 16 points per game while Durr leads South Florida in rebounding with 7 rebounds per game and Rideau leads the Bulls in assists with 7.5 helpers per game this season. As a team, South Florida is averaging 77 points per game on 48.6% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the 3-point line and 54.2% from the foul line through their first two games of the year.

Ohio is 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. South Florida is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games while the under is 8-3 in their last 10 non-conference games.

Ohio has gotten off to a solid start, while South Florida narrowly got to their own 2-0 start to the year. With that said, anything can happen in these neutral site games and the Bobcats don’t necessarily have the best track record ATS lately when it comes to playing on a neutral floor, which isn’t what we can necessarily say for South Florida. I think the Bulls can keep Ohio within arms reach, if not win this one outright, so I’ll take the points with South Florida here.

South Florida +6.5

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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