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Toledo Rockets vs. Kent State Golden Flashes - 2/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kent State Golden Flashes (16-8) at Toledo Rockets (16-8)

College Basketball: Friday, February 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Savage Arena)

The Line: Toledo Rockets -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Kent State Golden Flashes will travel to Savage Arena to take on the Toledo Rockets this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Kent State Golden Flashes dropped to 16-8 (7-4 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Akron Zips, 61-52, this past Tuesday. Kent State shot 35.4% from the field and 33.3% (7-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Flashes was Devareaux Manley who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Kent State is ranked 105th in the RPI Standings and has played the 155th ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Flashes have been led by Jimmy Hall (15.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.6 apg) and Devareaux Manley (12.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.8 apg). Kent State is averaging 64.5 ppg (ranked 249th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 215th). The Golden Flashes average 7.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 97th) however, are shooting just 61.8% from the free-throw line (ranked 332nd). Kent State is holding their opponents to an average of 60.9 ppg (ranked 52nd) on 41.0% shooting (ranked 97th). The Golden Flashes are holding teams to 30.5% three-point shooting (ranked 41st) and pull down 34.5 total rpg (ranked 183rd).

Toledo Rockets vs. Kent State Golden Flashes - 2/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toledo Rockets improved to 16-8 (8-3 MAC) on the season after defeating the Buffalo Bulls, 92-88, this past Tuesday. Toledo shot 63.5% from the field and 85.7% (12-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rockets was Julius Brown who had 25 points, 5 assists, and 1 steal. Toledo is ranked 75th in the RPI Standings and has played the 109th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rockets have been led by Julius Brown (16.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.4 apg) and Justin Drummond (13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.8 apg). Toledo is averaging 75.5 ppg (ranked 25th) on 47.1% shooting (ranked 34th).  The Rockets are shooting 38.3% from three-point range (ranked 40th) and 74.4% from the free-throw line (ranked 20th).  Toledo is holding their opponents to an average of 69.1 ppg (ranked 257th) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 226th). The Rockets are pulling down 25.29 defensive rpg (ranked 73rd) and have a rebound margin of 3.3 (ranked 82nd).

The Golden Flashes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and just 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.

The Golden Flashes went 6-1 in their first 7 conference games this year, which included a 67-60 win against Toledo at home, but have dropped 3 of their last 4 including an 80-55 drubbing at Buffalo. Toledo has won six straight and were lights out on the offensive end while handing Buffalo their first home loss on the season. Toledo was the conference favorite going into this season and it looks as this senior led team is finally playing up to their potential. It's a rather large spread, but Kent State has looked flat as of late and I think that Toledo will pull away in the second half of this one to win by double digits. Take Toledo and the points. 

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