- The Toledo vs Ohio odds favor the Bobcats by 4.5 points at home on Friday night
- Ohio is in first place in the MAC and Toledo is second
- A look at the matchup and odds can be found below with a pick
It will be a matchup between the top two teams in the Mid-American Conference when Toledo visits Ohio at 6:00 p.m. ET Friday at the Convocation Center in Athens.
First -place Ohio (14-2/5-0 MAC/9-0 road) is on a nine-game winning streak, including rolling to an 86-63 road victory over Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday night. Toledo (14-4/6-1 MAC/4-4 road) is in second place and pushed its winning streak to five games Tuesday night with an 83-70 victory over visiting Ball State.
Ohio is favored in a game that will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
Toledo vs Ohio Odds
|Toledo||+145||+4.5 (-110)||Over 146.5 (-110)|
|Ohio||-175||-4.5 (-110)||Under 146.5 (-110)|
Odds as of January 20th at BetMGM.
The current odds set Ohio as a 4.5-point favorite and -175 on the moneyline, giving the Bobcats a 63.64% implied probability of winning.
Ohio does not currently feature in the 2022 NCAA Tournament title odds, but they were as short as +6000 in Final Four odds in late November. For unknown reasons, that number has faded to +15000. Their only loss in that span came on the road at LSU, a team that ranks in the top-ten in efficiency at KenPom.
Toledo Betting Preview
Sophomore guard Ryan Rollins is staking his claim for MAC Player of the Year as he is averaging 19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.9 steals a game.
Rollins had a big game Tuesday against Ball State with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting to go with 10 rebounds and seven assists. It was second straight game with a double-double after having none in the first 16 games of the season.
Oh man, slick footwork and finish from Ryan Rollins pic.twitter.com/VoTFp29F10
— Mark Schindler (@MSchindlerNBA) December 7, 2021
The 20-point game was Rollins’ 10th, five of which have come in the last eight games.
Junior forward JT Shumate filled the stat columns with 16 points, four blocked shots, three assists and three steals.
Like Rollins, Shumate is contributing in many areas with averages of 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He has scored in double figures in 17 of the Rockets’ 18 games.
Junior forward Setric “Seth” Millner Jr. contributed 15 points and seven rebounds to bump his averages to 14.1 points and 6.1 rebounds.
Junior guard RayJ Dennis also had his second double-double of 2021-22, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. It the fifth straight game scoring in double digits for Dennis, who is averaging 11.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists after transferring from Boise State.
15:58 2H | Rockets have taken control & lead Hillsdale by 19!!
RayJ Dennis with 13 pts. to join Ryan Rollins (23 pts.) in double digits.
Toledo shooting 61% from field!
— Toledo Men's Basketball (@toledo_mbb) October 23, 2021
Toledo had a strong defensive game, holding Ball State to 36.6% (26 of 71) shooting, including 8 for 28 (28.6%) from three-point range. The Rockets were outrebounded 49-37 but offset that by committing just six turnovers.
Toledo has been a profitable team this season for wagerers as it is 12-5 against the spread, including 6-2 on the road.
Ohio Betting Outlook
Sophomore guard Mark Sears is also a serious MAC Player of the Year candidate with averages of 19.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals. He has scored in double figures in all 16 games.
Sears nearly had a double-double Tuesday in the win over Miami (Ohio) as he contributed 17 points, nine assists and three steals.
We’ve got a special one in Mark Sears, man pic.twitter.com/BnUzRraAfC
— Jake Hromada (@JakeHromada) December 22, 2021
However, the star for the Bobcats was senior forward Ben Vander Plas, who scored a season high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 4 for 8 from three-point range. It was his second 20-point game of the season, both coming in the last three games.
Vander Plas did more than score, though, as he posted six rebounds, four steals and three assists. He is averaging 12.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals.
Jason Carter continued his strong return season to Athens with 13 points and five rebounds. After spending the last two seasons at Xavier, Carter is scoring 14.4 points and pulling down 7.1 rebounds a game and has scored in double figures in 15 of 16 games.
Carter played two seasons at Ohio before transferring when Saul Phillip;s was fired as coach and replaced by Jeff Boals. However, Boals welcomed Carter back this season.
“NOT IN MY HOUSE.” – Jason Carter, probably.
— Ohio Men’s Basketball (@OhioMBasketball) November 10, 2021
Sophomore forward Sam Towns had nine rebounds for Ohio, which shot 50.9% (29 of 57) while holding Miami to 36.5% (19 of 52). The Bobcats also forced 15 turnovers.
Ohio is 8-7 overall and 4-4 at home ATS.
Toledo vs Ohio Prediction
Ohio broke a five-game losing streak against Toledo by upending the top-seeded Rockets 87-80 in the MAC Tournament semifinals last March in Cleveland.
Vander Pleas had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Ohio. Toledo got 26 points and nine rebounds from Millner.
Ohio has been the class of the MAC so far this season, but the oddsmakers have consistently underrated Toledo. Let’s take the Rockets with the points.
The Pick: Toledo +4.5 (-110)