Bowling Green Falcons vs. Kent State Golden Flashes - 2/26/14
Kent State Golden Flashes (15-12) at Bowling Green Falcons (11-16)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Stroh Center)
The Line: Bowling Green Falcons -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Bowling Green looks to halt a two-game slide when they welcome Kent State to the Stroh Center Wednesday.
The Breakdown: The Falcons dropped to 5-9 for 6th place in the MAC-East after suffering a 55-52 loss at Miami (OH) Sunday. The Falcons connected on 23 of 58 from the floor and 2 of 13 from outside the arc to the Redhawks’ 40.0 percent from the field and 4 of 14 from distance. Bowling Green finished with a 39-36 advantage on the boards, but struggled from the free throw line, converting just 2 of 13. Sophomore F Spencer Parker scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, junior F Richuan Holmes had 9 points and 9 boards, and senior C Cameron Black added 8 points and 10 rebounds. Through 27 games, the Falcons are averaging 63.3 ppg on 42.6 percent shooting. Junior G Chauncey Orr leads the team with 14.0 ppg, followed by Holmes at 13.4 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Kent State sits in a tie for 4th place in the conference at 6-8 and come in off a 78-69 defeat to Buffalo Saturday. The Golden Flashes outshot the Bulls from the floor 45.6 percent to 42.3 percent, but were outdone from outside the arc 46.2 percent to 37.5 percent. Ken State also conceded a 39-28 rebounding edge and converted just 8 of 17 from the foul line. Junior G Kris Brewer scored a team-high 16 points off the bench, sophomore G Kellen Thomas had 13 points and 4 assists, and junior G Derek Jackson added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. On the season, the Golden Flashes are averaging 70.7 ppg on 43.5 percent shooting. Brewer leads the team with 12.1 ppg, followed by Jackson at 11.3 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -2.5 for Bowling Green. These two went to the wire a couple weeks ago with Kent State pulling out a narrow 62-61 home victory on a three-point prayer as time expired. The Golden Flashes are the better team statistically, averaging about 7 points more per outing and shooting at a better clip, but the home team gets the lean here.