Ohio at Buffalo odds, picks and predictions

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The Ohio Bobcats (8-5) and Buffalo Bulls (6-7) tussle in a Mid-American Conference match-up Tuesday. The opening tip at Alumni Arena will be at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Ohio vs. Buffalo odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

This contest marks the 2022-23 MAC opener for both teams.

Ohio is 3-0 straight up and 3-0 against the spread (ATS) over its last 3 games. Improved shooting has helped the Bobcats extricate themselves from a 1-3 start to the season. OU has shot 47.7% from the floor — including a 36.3% from 3-point range — in its last 9 games.

The Bulls are 1-3 SU (1-2 ATS in 3 lined games) over their last 4 games. That stretch comes on the heels of a 4-game win streak from Nov. 21-Dec. 6. Three of those 4 wins came at Alumni Arena, where UB is 5-1 this season.

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Ohio at Buffalo odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub Lines last updated at 11:17 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Ohio -125 (bet $125 to win $100) | Buffalo -105 (bet $100 to win $105)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Ohio -1.5 (-110) | Buffalo +1.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 157.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)

Ohio at Buffalo picks and predictions

Prediction

Buffalo 81, Ohio 77

Moneyline

Scheduling over the holidays was kind to Ohio but featured tough road games — including West Virginia and Michigan State — for Buffalo. With the Bulls being at home, and OU struggling on the road at times, they are the likable side here. Back the BULLS (-105).

Against the spread

Ohio has dominated this series of late. The Bobcats are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings, but BUFFALO +1.5 (-110) is a decent play Tuesday.

Some 3-point shooting regression can be expected — hurting OU and helping UB. Buffalo ranks 331st in the nation with its 29.3% mark on treys, but the Bulls have been quite good on far 2s (44.2% per BartTorvik). Some second-half-of-the-season spill-over — across the arc — would not be a surprise for what is a very young Buffalo team.

Look for the home side to be able to frequently get to the foul line in a fast-paced game that goes down to the wire.

Over/Under

The Under has hit in 6 straight meetings between these teams, but the OVER 157.5 (-105) is worth some partial-unit action in this one. The tempo figures to be well over average, and OU should get an above-average number of transition and 2nd-chance buckets.

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