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Bulls open as college hoops underdog vs Bobcats

Buffalo BullsOhio Bobcats
16-8February 26, 2014, 07:00 | Ohio University Convocation Center19-8

The Ohio Bobcats will hit the floor running against the visiting Buffalo Bulls Wednesday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Bobcats are 19-8 so far on the season, and 11-10 ATS vs. the number. The Bulls, meanwhile, are 16-8 and 14-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Ohio go 10-9-1 and the Bulls go 13-7 on the totals.

View Buffalo Bulls vs Ohio Bobcats Odds and Stats.

Ohio opened as -4-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 143-ranked Bobcats and the No. 39-rated Bulls in this matchup.

Buffalo won its last outing, a 78-69 result against Kent State on February 22. They covered in that game as a 1-point underdog. The Bulls used a 31-point performance from Javon McCrea to help Buffalo smack Kent State 78-69 on Saturday at Memorial Athletic Center.

Ohio won its last outing, a 66-50 result against Akron on February 22. They covered in that game as a 3-point underdog. Jon Smith scored 16 points leading the Bobcats to a 66-50 victory over Akron at James A. Rhodes Arena on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Ohio's No. 123-ranked scoring average of 71.93 PPG, against a Bulls defense rated No. 82 and allowing 67.33 PPG. The Bobcats FG% has averaged 45.66% to date this season, more than the Bulls shooters have managed so far (44.61% per game).

A few Bulls at Bobcats trends to consider:
Buffalo is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Buffalo is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Buffalo is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Buffalo is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Ohio is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Ohio is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio's last 7 games
Ohio is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Buffalo home to Miami (Ohio), Saturday, March 1st
Ohio at Kent State, Saturday, March 1st