In a matchup of longshots 13th-seeded Ohio takes on 12th-seeded South Florida in a Midwest Regional third-round contest Sunday in Nashville.
The Bobcats got to Sunday's game by upsetting fourth-seeded Michigan Friday 65-60, while the Bulls advanced by topping fifth-seeded Temple 58-44.
This season, the Bulls are 22-13 overall and 18-14 ATS ATS, while the Bobcats are 28-7 and 15-13 ATS against the number. As for the totals, South Florida boasts a 9-23 on the OU, and Ohio is 11-17.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulls sit at No. 57 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bobcats sit at No. 65 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Bobcats will win this game 70-65.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up South Florida's No. 326 nationally ranked offense (59.4 points per game) against a Bobcats defense that sits as the No. 56 at 62.3 PPG. The Bulls have been averaging 43.7% from the field, more than the Bobcats have managed so far this season (43.1% on average).
Defensively, Ohio features the nation's No. 65-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.3 points per game. South Florida, meanwhile, comes in at No. 293 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Ohio, they were a 65-60 winner as they battled Michigan on the road. They covered in the match as a 5.5-point underdog. The Bobcats grabbed a 65-60 win over the Wolverines on Friday, behind a 21-point effort from D.J. Cooper at Bridgestone Arena.
In their last action, South Florida was a 58-44 winner on the road against Temple. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs. The Bulls got 17 points from Victor Rudd Jr. as South Florida ran past Temple 58-44 on Friday at Bridgestone Arena.