Ohio at Toledo
|Date & Time||Friday January 18, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Toledo Rockets -10 -- Over/Under: 141
The Ohio Bobcats and the Toledo Rockets meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the Savage Arena on Friday night.
The Ohio Bobcats will look to rebound after a 66-52 loss to Kent State in their last outing. Jason Carter and Teyvion Kirk led the Bobcats with 11 points apiece, with Carter shooting 4 of 9 from the floor with a game-high 13 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists for the double-double while Kirk shot an atrocious 4 of 22 from the floor with 7 rebounds and a team-high 4 steals. Antonio Cowart Jr. added 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Ohio in the losing effort. Carter leads Ohio in scoring with 16.9 points per game while Doug Taylor leads the Bobcats in rebounding with 8.2 rebounds per game and Jason Preston leads Ohio in assists with 2.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Ohio is averaging 71.4 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field, 29.7% from behind the arc and 63.9% from the foul line this season.
The Toledo Rockets come into this game looking to build on a pair of back-to-back wins following a 71-59 win over Miami-Ohio last time out. Jaelan Sanford led the Rockets with 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes while Spencer Littleson added 12 points with 4 threes and a team-high 7 rebounds. Luke Knapke added 11 points with 7 rebounds of his own and a pair of blocks while Marreon Jackson chipped in 10 points along with team-highs of 6 assists and 4 steals to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Toledo in the win. Sanford leads Toledo in scoring with 16.8 points per game while Marreon Jackson leads the Rockets in assists with 4.7 assists per game and Willie Jackson leads the Rockets in rebounding with 10.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Toledo is averaging 81 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 38.8% from behind the 3-point line and 78.4% from the foul line this season, the 6th-best free throw percentage in D-I this season.
Ohio is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 road games while the under is 19-7 in their last 26 conference games. Toledo is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and the road team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Ohio has had issues in the past covering against Toledo, covering the spread in just 3 of the last 14 meetings between the two sides. However, the underdog and the road team have both enjoyed all of the success in recent meetings over the last couple years, a spot that Ohio finds themselves in here. Furthermore, 9 of the last 10 meetings have been decided by 9 points or less, so given the history between these two teams playing each other close, I’ll take a shot with Ohio and the points in this one.