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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Spiders over Bobcats

Ohio BobcatsRichmond Spiders
7-3December 22, 2013, 01:00 | Robins Center8-3

The visiting Ohio Bobcats hope to send their backers to the pay window on Sunday as they look to cover the spread at Robins Center against the Richmond Spiders.

Supporters of the Bobcats have watched them go 7-3 and 3-3 ATS on the year, while the Spiders are at 8-3 and 5-5 ATS. In totals betting, the Spiders are 4-6, while the Bobcats have a 3-1-1 mark.

View Ohio Bobcats vs Richmond Spiders Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 6.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Spiders - Bobcats odds would favor the Spiders if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Richmond is rated No. 65 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Ohio is at No. 97.

Ohio was an 83-71 loser in its last match at home against Massachusetts. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. Ohio got 16 points from Maurice Ndour but lost anyway, 83-71, to Massachusetts on Wednesday at Ohio University Convocation Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Richmond's No. 201-ranked scoring average of 70.18 PPG, against a Bobcats defense rated No. 62 and allowing 66.3 PPG. The Spiders FG% has averaged 43.69% to date this season, less than the Bobcats shooters have managed so far (44.8% per game).

Next up:
Ohio home to Longwood, Monday, December 30th
Richmond at Old Dominion, Saturday, December 28th