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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Bobcats underdogs vs Minutemen at Ohio

Massachusetts MinutemenOhio Bobcats
9-0December 18, 2013, 07:00 | Ohio University Convocation Center7-2

The Ohio Bobcats hope to be lousy hosts on Wednesday as the Massachusetts Minutemen pay a visit to Ohio University Convocation Center on the college basketball betting menu.

Ohio will face the 9-0 Minutemen, who own a 8-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Bobcats are 2-1-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Minutemen are 4-5 favoring the OVER.

View Massachusetts Minutemen vs Ohio Bobcats Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Ohio Bobcats as 3-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The Bobcats sit at No. 97 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Minutemen sit at No. 31 on the same chart.

Massachusetts was an 80-54 winner in their most recent outing at home against Northern Illinois. They covered the 21-point spread as favorites. Massachusetts cruised to victory on Saturday, running Northern Illinois out of the gym and running up an 80-54 score at Mullins Center.

Ohio won its last outing, a 72-47 result against Alabama A&M on December 14. Ohio cruised to victory on Saturday, running Alabama A&M out of the gym and running up a 72-47 score at Ohio University Convocation Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Ohio's No. 160-ranked scoring average of 72.78 PPG, against a Minutemen defense rated No. 171 and allowing 72.22 PPG. The Bobcats FG% has averaged 45.2% to date this season, less than the Minutemen shooters have managed so far (48.04% per game).

Next up:
Massachusetts at Florida State, Saturday, December 21st
Ohio at Richmond, Sunday, December 22nd