Ohio Bobcats vs Buffalo Bulls Prediction, 1/29/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ohio Bobcats vs Buffalo Bulls
Date: Friday, January 29, 2021
Location: Alumni Arena in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Ohio (+3.5)
Alumni Arena is the venue where and the Buffalo Bulls (6-5) will take on the Ohio Bobcats (9-6) on Friday. The line on this contest has Buffalo as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 161.
Ohio comes into this one with a win-loss mark of 9-6 for the year. They are averaging 80.2 pts per contest (42nd in Division 1) while shooting 47.9% from the floor. The Bobcats are hitting 35.7% on 3-point shots (131 of 367) and 68.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, Ohio is snagging 33.5 rebounds per game and has accounted for 271 assists on the campaign, which ranks 15th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 11.4 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 16.1 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Bobcats are forcing 14.8 turnovers per game and they draw 18.6 fouls. They relinquish 36.2% from 3-point land and they are ranked 252nd in the nation in PPG allowed (73.5). The Bobcats defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 45.5% (389 of 855) and they surrender 33.7 rebounds per contest as a team. They are ranked 310th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 225 surrendered on the season.
The Ohio Bobcats stepped onto the hardwood against the Western Michigan Broncos and took home the win by a score of 81-58 in their last game. Ohio ended the contest having earned a 45.8% field goal percentage (33 out of 72) and buried 7 out of their 26 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Bobcats made 8 of their 12 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they collected 39 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 17 assists in the game as well as having 8 steals and 3 blocked shots. In relation to defending, Ohio allowed 45.8% from the field on 33 out of 72 shooting. Western Michigan earned 17 dimes and had 2 steals in this contest. On top of that, the Broncos grabbed 25 rebounds (2 offensive, 23 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Western Michigan finished the game shooting 66.7% from the free throw line by knocking down 8 of their 12 tries. They made 8 of 25 attempts from beyond the arc.
Mark Sears is one player who was a major factor in the matchup. He ended up finishing with 21 points on 8 out of 12 shooting. He played for 23 mins played and grabbed 2 rebounds. Sears finished the game shooting 66.7% from the floor and recorded 6 dimes. One more player that came through in this game for the Bobcats was Dwight Wilson. He grabbed 8 rebounds and also earned 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 75.0% from the floor in the game by shooting 9-of-12 (19 points). When all was said and done, Wilson played 27 min.
Buffalo has a win-loss record of 6-5 on the season. The Bulls commit 20.7 personal fouls per contest and they hit 65.3% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 16.0 times per game (54th in D-1) and they are giving up possession 14.0 times per game. Buffalo has accumulated 906 pts on the year (82.4 per contest) and they collect 43.3 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Bulls are shooting 46.1% from the field, which ranks 97th in D-1. The Bulls on the defensive side of the court are 293rd in college hoops in points allowed per game with 76.1. They are able to force 13.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 41.1% from the floor (90th in college basketball). The Buffalo defense gives up 27.3% on shots from distance (59 of 216) and their opposition makes 76.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 12.1 dimes and 37.6 rebounds per contest, which is 121st and 283rd in those categories on the defensive end.
The last time they took the court, the Buffalo Bulls walked away with a victory by a final of 92-77 when they faced the Eastern Michigan Eagles. The Bulls were able to collect 24 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 32 for the game. They also stuffed 2 attempts while getting 8 steals for the matchup. The Eagles had 19 personal fouls for the game which took the Bulls to the free throw line for 22 attempts. They were able to make 16 of the free throw tries for a rate of 72.7%. Concerning shooting from downtown, Buffalo made 8 of their 20 tries (40.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Bulls shot 34 for 55 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 61.8%. The Bulls allowed the Eagles to convert 28 of 64 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.8% for the matchup. They finished the game shooting 29.4% from downtown by going 5 of 17 and finished the game at 16 of 17 from the free throw line (94.1%). When discussing cleaning up the glass, Buffalo permitted Eastern Michigan to pull down 24 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Jeenathan Williams was important for the Bulls for this contest. He made 10 out of 16 in this game for a rate of 62.5%, which gave him 24 points. Williams had 6 rebounds in his 35 minutes played and totaled 5 assists in the matchup. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Buffalo was Ronaldo Segu. He totaled 19 points in his 32 minutes on the hardwood by way of 5 of 7 from the floor in the game. Segu finished going 71.4% from the field and also collecting 2 dimes and 6 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Buffalo (-3.5)
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