Ohio at Buffalo: 3/13/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Buffalo Bulls (16-7) vs Ohio Bobcats (15-7)
Game Info: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse)
Betting Odds: Buffalo Bulls -2 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Ohio Bobcats and Buffalo Bulls will square off at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in the MAC Championship this Saturday night.
The 5-seed Ohio Bobcats (15-7) were able to advance to the MAC Championship after upsetting the 1-seed Toledo Rockets, 87-80, on Friday night. Ohio led by a 43-31 margin at halftime and was able to hang on late after taking a 68-50 lead with just 8:33 left in regulation. Ohio shot 48.6% from the field and 36.0% from beyond the arc while Toledo shot 47.7% from the field and 20.7% from beyond the arc. Ohio outrebounded Toledo by a 42-33 margin while both the Bobcats and Rockets committed 12 turnovers each. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Ben Vander Plas who had 26 points, 8 rebounds, & 7 assists.
Coming into their game against Toledo, Ohio was averaging 80.4 ppg on 48.9% shooting from the field. The Bobcats were averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ohio had been led by Jason Preston (15.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 7.4 apg, 1.3 spg), Dwight Wilson III (15.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Ben Vander Plas (12.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.6 spg), & Ben Roderick (12.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.0 apg).
Defensively, Ohio was allowing their opponents to average 73.1 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Bobcats had a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of 2.6.
The 2-seed Buffalo Bulls (16-7) were able to advance to the MAC Championship after defeating the Akron Zips, 81-74 in OT, on Friday night. Buffalo allowed Akron to force OT after the Zips scored a game-tying layup with just :02 seconds left in regulation, however, the Bulls had no trouble securing the victory in OT after opening the extra period on a 7-0 run. Buffalo shot 47.1% from the field and 43.8% from beyond the are while Akron shot just 39.0% from the field and 23.1% from beyond the arc. Buffalo lost the turnover battle by a 14-10 margin, however, did outrebound the Zips by a 50-40 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulls was Josh Mballa who had a double-double with 16 points, 20 rebounds, & 1 assist.
Coming into their game against Akron, Buffalo was averaging 82.3 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Bulls were averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Buffalo had been led by Jeenathan Williams (17.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Josh Mballa (15.5 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.7 spg), Jayvon Graves (14.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.5 spg), & Ronaldo Segu (12.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.5 apg).
Defensively, Buffalo was allowing their opponents to average 72.3 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Bulls had a rebound margin had a rebound margin of 8.5 and a turnover margin -0.5.
The Bobcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 23-11-3 ATS in their last 37 neutral site games.
Buffalo has been a great team this season behind an offense that ranks 9th in scoring offense & 57th in FG%, and comes into this game winning their last 7 games. Ohio has won 8 of their last 9 games and has also been led by their offense that ranks 20th in scoring offense & 18th in FG%. Buffalo was able to easily defeat Ohio in late February, however, the Bobcats did pick up a win at Buffalo earlier this season and as I think Ohio is playing the better basketball and certainly has the talent to matchup with anyone as they showed early in the season in their two-point loss at Illinois, I think the play here is to take the Bobcats and the points. Good Luck!