Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Northern Illinois Huskies Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/29/14
Northern Illinois Huskies (7-11) at Kent State Golden Flashes (11-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Memorial Athletic Center)
The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Kent State hopes to break a three-game skid when they host slumping Northern Illinois Wednesday.
The Breakdown: The Golden Flashes are in 6th place in the MAC-East with a record of 2-4, dropping their third straight Sunday 81-78 at Toledo when junior G Kris Brewer’s game-winning shot attempt bounced off the rim as time expired. Kent State shot 48.4 percent from the field and hit 7 of 20 from outside the arc, while allowing the Rockets to shoot 45.6 percent from the floor and finish with a 37-34 advantage on the boards. The Golden Flashes also committed 12 turnovers. Senior F Daren Goodson had a game-high 17 points to go along with 6 rebounds, junior G Derek Jackson had 16 points and Brewer added 14 points and 7 assists. Onn the season, Kent State is averaging 72.8 ppg on 42.6 percent shooting and Brewer leads the team with 12.6 ppg.
Meanwhile Northern Illinois is in 4th place in the West with a 1-5 league record after losing their fourth straight 75-67 to Buffalo Saturday. The Huskies struggled from the field, connecting on 19 of 55 and just 3 of 17 from beyond the arc to the Bulls’ 25 of 45 from the floor and 6 of 11 from distance. N. Illinois finished with a 35-31 advantage on the boards, but committed 15 turnovers. Senior F Aksel Bolin had a team-high 17 points with 7 rebounds and sophomore G Darrell Bowie added 14 points and 7 boards. Through 18 games, the Huskies are averaging 62.6 ppg on 38.2 percent shooting and freshman G Dontel Highsmith leads the team with 10.5 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -11 for Kent State and the Golden Flashes won this matchup in OT the first time around, not to mention they’re averaging better than 10 points a game more than N. Illinois and shooting considerably better as well. Look for Kent State to cover.