Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/5/14
Kent State Golden Flashes (12-9) at Central Michigan Chippewas (7-13)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm (McGuirk Arena)
The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Central Michigan looks for its first conference win of the season when it welcomes Kent State Thursday.
The Breakdown: The Chippewas are reeling in last place in the MAC-West with a record of 0-8, losing their 8th straight Saturday in a 75-72 squeaker at Western Michigan. Central Michigan shot 41.3 percent from the field and 9 of 29 from outside the arc to the Broncos’ 26 of 50 from the floor and 5 of 20 from distance. The Chippewas were dominated on the boards 33-17, but shot well from the free throw line, connecting on 25 of 27. Sophomore G Chris Fowler had a game-high 27 points, including 13 of 13 from the stripe, while sophomore forwards John Simmons and Blake Hibbitts added 12 points apiece. On the season, Central Michigan is averaging 74.2 ppg on 44.3 percent shooting. Fowler leads the team with 17.9 ppg, followed by Simmons at 10.8 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Kent State sits in 6th place in the conference with a record of 3-5 and comes in off a 60-57 victory over Akron Saturday. The Golden Flashes matched the Zips at 44.4 percent from the floor but were outshot from distance 31.3 percent to 28.6 percent and conceded a 33-27 advantage on the boards. Kent State, however, forced 18 Akron turnovers. Senior F Darren Goodson scored a team-high 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting and junior G Derek Jackson added 9 points. Through 21 games, the Golden Flashes are averaging 71.1 ppg on 42.4 percent shooting. Junior G Kris Brewer leads the team with 11.9 ppg, followed by Jackson at 10.7 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -3 for Kent State. Central Michigan has gotten close to ending its skid the last two times, losing by 4 and 3 points to Ohio and W. Michigan, respectively. Look for the Chippewas to at least keep it closer than the spread here.