Ohio Bobcats vs. Kentucky Wildcats Prediction: Can Kentucky Hand Ohio its First Loss of the Season?
The Ohio Bobcats lost star guard Jason Preston but still haven’t lost their mojo, starting the season 3-0 while winning each game by double-digits. However, tonight, they’ll have a much larger task on their hands. Ohio will travel to Kentucky to take on the Kentucky Wildcats as major underdogs.
Kentucky lost to Duke earlier in the season but bounced back in a big way against two lower-tier teams afterward. With a 2-1 record, Kentucky will try to be the first team to knock off Ohio.
Here are our picks and predictions for the Ohio vs Kentucky game on Friday, November 19.
Ohio vs. Kentucky Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds
Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Where To Watch: SECN
Ohio vs. Kentucky INJURY REPORT
Questionable: IJ Ezuma F (Undisclosed)
Out: Dwight Wilson III F (Knee)
Questionable: Lance Ware F (Undisclosed)
Out: CJ Frederick G (Lower Body)
Ohio vs. Kentucky Prediction
The Ohio Bobcats are surging with three straight victories by double digits. However, a double-digit win is likely not in the cards for Ohio tonight going up against 13 ranked Kentucky.
The Bobcats are shooting 38.3 percent from long range, 50 percent from inside the arc and 83.3 percent from the foul line. They’ve shot well and have limited turnovers, which has really helped Ohio sustain leads and put together big wins. The Bobcats have only turned the ball over 14 percent of the time, but sometimes, when mid-major teams have to play high-major teams, turnovers can get out of hand.
Kentucky is not earning many turnovers at just 18.5 percent, therefore, if Ohio is able to get shots up and not turn the ball over, it’ll give them a much better chance at winning this game.
Ohio isn’t getting to the foul line often, however. So while they’re taking great shots, the Bobcats have not been aggressive in that regard. It would be crucial to get to the line for Ohio because they’ve got a great group of foul shooters on the roster including leading scorer Mark Sears, who is averaging 19.3 points per game as a replacement for Jason Preston.
Meanwhile, Kentucky hasn’t really been aggressive getting to the line either. They’ve been one of the worst teams through three games when it comes to free-throw attempts to field goal attempts ratio.
But who needs free throws when you’re getting 44.3 percent offensive rebounds through three games, right? Kentucky is third in the nation in offensive rebounding and are still shooting an effective field goal percentage of 54.3 percent. The Wildcats are extremely dangerous from downtown, shooting 45.1 percent from long range and have turned the ball over just 16.6 percent of the time.
Kentucky lucked out after recruiting Oscar Tshiebwe from West Virginia last year. He’s currently averaging 18.3 points and 18.7 rebounds per game. He’s a force on the glass and is the reason why Kentucky has dominated rebounding this season.
With neither team getting to the line very often, it’s going to be hard to score a high amount of points. However, the fact is that Kentucky can dominate the offensive glass for second chance buckets and neither team turns the ball very often, giving themselves more chances to score buckets.
There’s a portion of me that believes Ohio can stick around in this game. The only way they’re sticking around is if they’re able to score and keep up with Kentucky. Therefore, I’ll take the over 146.5.
Ohio Bobcats vs Kentucky Wildcats Pick
- Over 146.5 (-110)