Ohio vs. Miami-Ohio - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio vs. Miami-Ohio - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Miami-Ohio RedHawks (9-13) at Ohio Bobcats (10-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Convocation Center)

The Line: Ohio Bobcats -4.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5

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The Miami-Ohio RedHawks and the Ohio Bobcats meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the Ohio Convocation Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Miami-Ohio RedHawks will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 64-60 loss to Western Michigan last time out. Dae Dae Grant led the RedHawks with 20 points including 3 threes and a team-high 5 assists while Precious Ayah and Milos Jovic each had 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Miami-Ohio in the losing effort. Dalonte Brown added 8 points with a team-high 6 rebounds as well in the defeat. Bike Sibande was held scoreless in 8 minutes but still leads Miami-Ohio in scoring with an average of 13.4 points per game while Brown leads the RedHawks in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game and Mekhi Lairy leads Miami-Ohio in assists with an average of 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Miami-Ohio is averaging 73 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the 3-point line and 72% from the foul line this season.

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The Ohio Bobcats will be out to snap a four-game losing streak after a 65-54 loss to Ball State in their last outing. Ben Vander Plas led the Bobcats with 12 points along with a team-high 9 rebounds while Lunden McDay added 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting as the only other double-digit scorer for Ohio in the losing effort. Jason Preston added 9 points with a team-high 5 assists while Miles Brown had 3 steals. Preston leads Ohio in scoring and assists with an average of 15.8 points and 7.4 assists per game while Vander Plas leads the Bobcats in rebounding with 7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Ohio is averaging 70.5 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 34.1% from behind the arc and 66.6% from the foul line this season.

Miami-Ohio is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 Saturday games. Ohio is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games. The home team is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.

I’m not going near this game as neither of these two teams have done anything but lose over the last few games, with Ohio losing 4 straight and 6 of 7 while the RedHawks have dropped 7 of their last 9 games. However, Ohio has played a lot tighter in the games that they’ve been losing and are only being outscored by 4.4 points per game across their last five outings while Miami-Ohio is being outscored by double that and putting up just 62 points per game in that stretch. I don’t like this game but if forced to pick, I get Ohio the edge playing at home.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Pick Dawgz site consensus.