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Ohio Bobcats vs Marshall Thundering Herd Preview

Marshall Thundering HerdOhio Bobcats
Jan 5, 2:00 PM | Ohio University Convocation Center

Marshall Thundering Herd vs Ohio Bobcats Odds

7-7TEAM RECORD8-5

The Ohio Bobcats will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Marshall Thundering Herd at Ohio University Convocation Center in NCAA basketball action.

The Bobcats sport records of 8-5 and 5-4 ATS heading into this battle, while the Thundering Herd have 7-7 and 0-8-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 1-3-1 for the Bobcats and 1-5 for the Thundering Herd.

View Marshall vs Ohio Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Bobcats were listed as 14.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bobcats sit at No. 211 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Thundering Herd sit at No. 123 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Bobcats will win this game 78-70.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Ohio's No. 75 nationally ranked offense (73 points per game) against a Thundering Herd defense that sits as the No. 224 at 68.6 PPG. The Bobcats have been averaging 47.4% from the field, more than the Thundering Herd have managed so far this season (41.9% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Marshall owns the country's No. 306-rated mark, allowing 78.4 points per game on the highway. Ohio, on the other hand, rates No. 118 in scoring at home.

Marshall was a 53-51 loser in its last match at home against Delaware State. The Thundering Herd endured a 53-51 loss at the hands of the Hornets on Wednesday, despite a 17-point effort from Elijah Pittman at Cam Henderson Center.

Ohio lost its last outing, a 74-63 result against Oklahoma on December 29. They failed to cover in that game as a 3-point underdog. Ohio got 14 points from D.J. Cooper but lost anyway, 74-63, to Oklahoma on Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center.

Marshall Thundering Herd Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Tulsa are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Ohio Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Buffalo are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Thundering Herd at Bobcats trends to consider:
Marshall is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Ohio
Marshall is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Ohio is 17-1 SU in its last 18 games at home
Ohio is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Marshall
Ohio is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Marshall
Ohio is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Marshall

Next up:
Marshall home to Tulsa, Wednesday, January 9
Ohio home to Buffalo, Wednesday, January 9