Ball State Cardinals vs. Kent State Golden Flashes - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kent State Golden Flashes (13-5) at Ball State Cardinals (7-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Worthen Arena)
The Line: Ball State Cardinals -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kent State Golden Flashes and Ball State Cardinals will face off at John E. Worthen Arena this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Kent State Golden Flashes won their 4th straight game and improved to 13-5 (4-1 MAC) on the season after defeating the Toledo Rockets 67-60 this past Wednesday. Kent State shot 48.1% from the field and held Toledo to just 18.8% (3-16) three-point shooting in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Flashes was Devareaux Manley who had 21 points and 3 rebounds. Kent State is ranked 110th in the RPI Standings and has played the 186th ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Flashes have been led by Jimmy Hall (14.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.6 apg) and Devareaux Manley (12.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg). Offensively, Kent State is averaging 66.0 ppg (ranked 207th) on 43.0% shooting (ranked 207th). The Golden Flashes average 7.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 98th) on 37.0% three-point shooting (ranked 73rd). Defensively, Kent State is holding their opponents to an average of 60.4 ppg (ranked 47th) on 40.2% shooting (ranked 84th). The Golden Flashes have a turnover margin of 1.4 (ranked 88th) and pull down 35.0 total rpg (ranked 168th). Khaliq Spicer is questionable for the game with ankle injury.
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The Ball State Cardinals lost their third straight game and dropped to 7-9 (2-3 MAC) on the season after losing 82-73 to the Ohio Bobcats this past Wednesday. Ball State allowed Ohio to shoot 61.7% from the field and 72.2% (13-18) from the long range in the victory. Leading the way for Ball State was Jeremiah Davis who had 12 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals. Ball State is ranked 197th in the RPI Standings and has played the 110th ranked SOS. On the season, the Cardinals have been led by Zavier Turner (13.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.8 apg) and Sean Sellers (12.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.5 apg). Offensively, Ball State is averaging 68.8 ppg (ranked 148th) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 234th). The Cardinals average 8.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 35th) on 37.1% three-point shooting (ranked 70th). Defensively, Ball State is allowing their opponents to average 66.9 ppg (ranked 190th) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 222nd). The Cardinals average just 2.4 bpg (ranked 288th) and grab 35.69 total rpg (ranked 134th). Both Matt Kamieniecki and Zavier Turner are questionable for the game.
The Golden Flashes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 17-8-1 ATS in their last 26 home games. The Cardinals are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Ball State has been struggling on the defensive end lately as 3 of their last 4 opponents have scored 80+ points. Kent State plays great defense and I think they’ll be able to limit Ball State from hurting them from the outside in this one. The line has yet to be posted on this one due to questionable status of some key players on each side. We'll have to see where the line is at but as long as Kent State isn't favorite by more than 7, I think Kent State covers this line. Take Kent State to cover.