Ohio Bobcats Basketball Odds

The Ohio Bobcats are always looking to be competitive in the Mid-American Conference with the hope of hoisting their conference trophy for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Can the Bobcats earn another berth to March Madness? Can they make a run to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2012? Or the Elite Eight for the first time since 1964?

With legal sports betting now available in Ohio, you can wager on the Bobcats as they try to accomplish those goals. This guide to betting on the Bobcats will cover your betting options, current odds, and more.

Live Ohio Bobcats basketball odds

Check the feed below for the latest Ohio Bobcats men’s basketball odds. The numbers will update as the sportsbooks change them, and if you see any Bobcats odds you like, you can click on them to head to that Ohio sportsbook and place a bet.

Ohio Bobcats National Championship odds

The closest the Bobcats have come to a national championship in their 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament was the Elite Eight in 1964. They have had three Sweet Sixteen appearances, however, and they’ve made it to the Round of 32 six times, with three of those happening since 2010.

So what are the odds that Ohio will cut down the nets this year? As you’re aware, March Madness is called that for a reason — it’s tough to predict what’s going to happen. Sometimes, one or more surprise teams can make it deep into the tourney. Other times, it’s the top seeds performing as expected.

Check the feed below to see how oddsmakers view the Bobcats’ chances come March. As above, all you need to do is click on the odds you like to head to the corresponding sportsbooks and place a bet.

Ohio Bobcats basketball betting lines explained

If you’re new to sports betting in Ohio, the various betting lines can be a little daunting at first. The good news is that it isn’t all that hard to understand once you know what you’re looking at. Below, we have an example of what a line might look like at an Ohio sportsbook, such as BetMGM Ohio or Caesars Sportsbook Ohio:

Ohio Bobcats-5.5 (-110)-165Over 162.5 (-110)
Akron Zips+5.5 (-110)+150Under 162.5 (-110)

The first thing you’ll notice is that the Ohio Bobcats are playing their MAC rival Akron. After that, the first set of numbers represents the point spread and the odds for each team. The favorite will have a negative number, which is the -5.5 you’re seeing next to Ohio in the example. Akron, at +5.5, is the underdog by that many points.

This means that Ohio needs to win the game by six points or more in order for point spread bets on the Bobcats to win. If that doesn’t happen, then spread bets on Akron will win. Either side of this bet pays out at -110 odds, which means that a bet of $110 would win $100 if it’s correct. Overall, then, that bet would pay out $210, which is the original stake returned to you plus the profit. Keep in mind that you don’t have to wager that exact amount, but all wagers will pay out using that ratio.

The next number you see for each of the teams represents the moneyline odds. The Bobcats moneyline at -165 makes them the favorite, while the Zips are +150 as the underdog. To win your bet, you just need to pick the winning side. If you’re correct, then your winnings will depend on those odds.

The -165 indicates how much you would need to wager to win $100, similar to the point spread example above. The +150 shows how much you would win on a successful bet of $100, which is the case for any positive odds. In this case, a winning $100 wager would return a total of $250, which is the original bet plus the winnings.

The final set of numbers is the line for a bet on the total, also known as the over/under. Here, you are wagering on the combined total score of the game. You can bet on the two teams combining to score over the line that the sportsbook has set or under it.

Unlike the other bets in our example, you don’t need to worry about which team will win the game. Your only focus is on the points the two teams combine to score. The odds at -110 pay out exactly as we described above with the point spread.

Ohio Bobcats live betting

Live betting is exactly what it sounds like, as you make wagers on games while they are playing out on the court. Depending on the college betting rules that the state implements, people in Ohio may be able to place college basketball bets on things like which Bobcats player will score the next basket, or if there will be a technical foul, or if a player will foul out. Other betting options could be moneylines, spreads and totals, with updated lines to reflect what’s happening in the game.

Live odds and lines can shift quickly depending on the action on the court, so live betting generally requires an online sportsbook account or sportsbook app for you to be able to keep up with the line moves. The other advantage of a sportsbook app is that you’ll be able to bet from pretty much anywhere in the state.

Where to watch Ohio Bobcats basketball

The majority of Ohio Bobcats games that will air nationally are going to be on either CBS Sports or one of the various ESPN channels like ESPNU, ESPN+ or ESPN3.

You can access these channels if you have a subscription to them on your cable or satellite television packages, or online through various streaming services like YouTube TV and Hulu Live TV, among others.

Ohio Bobcats and the NBA Draft

Since 1946, the Ohio Bobcats men’s basketball program has sent 23 players to the NBA via the annual draft. Of those, just two have been since the turn of the century.

In 2003, center Brandon Hunter went in the second round to the Boston Celtics.

In 2021, guard Jason Preston went in the second round to the Orlando Magic, who traded him to the LA Clippers.

The most successful Bobcats player to play in the NBA was Gary Trent, a forward and first-round draft pick who played in 506 games between 1995 and 2004. He spent three seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, three seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, three seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, and one season with the Toronto Raptors.

All-time Bobcats statistical leaders

There have been quite a few quality players to come through Athens, Ohio, over the decades, and it shows in the array of statistical leaders.

  • Points: The career leader for points scored for the Ohio Bobcats is Dave Jamerson, who played from 1985 to 1990. During those seasons, he scored 2,336 points, which is nearly 200 more than the next player on the list. He is also the single-season leader for Ohio, scoring 874 points in the 1989-90 campaign.
  • 3-pointers: From 2015 to 2020, Jordan Dartis sank 314 threes to hold the top spot in the Bobcats’ record book. The single-season record belongs to Jamerson, who hit 131 3-pointers in the 1989-90 season.
  • Free throws: Gary Trent is the all-time free-throw leader for a single season for the Bobcats, hitting 210 in 1993-94. The career leader is Brandon Hunter, who from 1999 to 2003 made 561 from the charity stripe.
  • Assists: Jaaron Simmons set the single-season school record for assists with 275 during the 2015-16 season, while D.J. Cooper managed 934 from 2009-13 to set the career mark.
  • Rebounds: The career leader in total rebounds for the Bobcats is Hunter, who hauled down 1,103. Fred Moore holds the single-season mark with 469, which he did in 1954-55.
  • Blocks: From 1992 to 1996, Jason Terry made shooting difficult for the players he guarded as he picked up 262 blocks. Patrick Flomo holds the mark for a single season, blocking 105 shots in 2000-01.
  • Steals: D.J. Cooper holds the high mark for a career at Ohio when it comes to steals, gathering up 327 during his time as a Bobcat from 2009-13. The single-season record is Cooper’s as well, as he picked up 93 during the 2009-10 season.

Who coaches for the Ohio Bobcats basketball team?

The Ohio Bobcats men’s basketball team is actually coached by an alumnus, Jeff Boals, who took over the program in 2019 and is a 1995 graduate of Ohio University.

  • Head coach: Jeff Boals
  • Assistant coach: Lamar Thornton
  • Assistant coach: Kyle Barlow
  • Assistant coach: Lee Martin
  • Director of operations: Jake Ness

Ohio Bobcats home games

The Ohio Bobcats play their home games in the Convocation Center, which is located in Athens, Ohio. It is known locally as “The Convo.”

  • Address: 95 Richland Ave., Athens, Ohio
  • Owner: Ohio University
  • Operator: Ohio University
  • Capacity: 13,000
  • Groundbreaking: 1965
  • Opened: Dec. 3, 1968
  • Construction cost: $8.2 million ($61 million in 2020 dollars)

Ohio Bobcats basketball social media

If you’d like to follow the Ohio Bobcats on the various social media platforms, they are on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

How many national titles do the Ohio Bobcats have?

The Ohio Bobcats men’s college basketball team has never won a national title. The program has had some postseason success, however. It has appeared in 14 NCAA Tournaments, with an all-time record of 8-15.

In 1964, the Bobcats made a run to the Elite Eight, and they were in the Sweet Sixteen in 1960, 1964, and 2012. A round of 32 appearances has happened six times, with the most recent being 2021. The other seasons were 1960, 1964, 1983, 2010, and 2012.