Ohio at Toledo: 3/12/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Toledo Rockets (21-7) vs Ohio Bobcats (14-7)
Game Info: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse)
Betting Odds: Toledo Rockets -4 -- Over/Under: 157.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Ohio Bobcats and Toledo Rockets will square off at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in the Semifinals of the MAC Championship this Friday night.
The 5-seed Ohio Bobcats (14-7) were able to advance to the Semifinals of the MAC Championship after defeating the 4-seed Kent State Golden Flashes, 85-63, on Thursday. Ohio was outstanding on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 57-33 lead with 11:58 left in regulation. Ohio shot 58.8% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc while Kent State shot 38.5% from the field and 30.4% from beyond the arc. Ohio outrebounded Kent State by a 33-27 margin and won the turnover battle by a 16-14 margin. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Jason Preston who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, & 1 steal.
Coming into their game against Kent State, Ohio was averaging 80.2 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Bobcats were averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ohio had been led by Jason Preston (15.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 7.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Dwight Wilson III (15.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg), Ben Vander Plas (12.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.6 spg), & Ben Roderick (12.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.0 apg).
Defensively, Ohio was allowing their opponents to average 73.7 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Bobcats had a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of 2.6.
The 1-seed Toledo Rockets were able to advance to the Semifinals of the MAC Championship after defeating the Toledo Rockets, 91-89 in OT, on Thursday afternoon. Toledo allowed Ball State to fight back from a 65-55 deficit with just 5:49 left in regulation to force OT, however, the Rockets were able to hang on for the victory in OT after taking a 91-86 lead on a Ryan Rollins jumper with :58 seconds left in OT. Toledo shot 43.5% from the field and 32.3% from beyond the arc while Ball State shot 42.7% from the field and 35.7% from beyond the arc. Toledo outrebounded Ball State by a 45-44 margin and won the turnover battle by a 14-11 margin in the victory.
Coming into their game against Ball State, Toledo is averaging 81.3 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Rockers were averaging 10.8 three-pointers per game on 38.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Toledo had been led by Marreon Jackson (17.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.9 spg), Ryan Rollins (13.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg), Spencer Littleson (13.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg), & Setric Millner Jr. (12.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.4 apg).
Defensively, Toledo was allowing their opponents to average 71.4 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Rockets had a rebound margin of 0.6 and a turnover margin of 1.5.
The Bobcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Rockets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
Toledo had no trouble picking up a victory against Ohio earlier this season, however, the Rockets have not looked as strong down the stretch which included their close OT win on Thursday and an 81-79 loss at Central Michigan near the end of the regular season. Ohio can be a bit inconsistent, however, they certainly have the talent to beat anyone in the MAC and have been led by their offense which ranks 23rd in scoring offense & 22nd in FG%. I expect this to be a high scoring game that comes down to the final few possessions and after seeing the Bobcats offense roll through Kent State, I think the play here is to take Ohio and the points. Good Luck!