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Kent State vs. Canisius - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Canisius Golden Griffins (3-5) at Kent State Golden Flashes (6-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Memorial A )

The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: http://kentstatesports.com/watch/?Live=155

The Canisius Golden Griffins will travel to the MAC Center to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Canisius Golden Griffins lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-5 (1-1 MACC) on the season after being defeated by the Penn State Nittany Lions, 81-67, this past Thursday. Canisius fell behind by a 40-25 margin by the end of the 1st half and although they did cut the lead to 6 points with 10 minutes to play, couldn’t complete the comeback. Canisius struggled offensively as they shot just 33.8% from the field and 25.8% (8-31) from beyond the arc. The Golden Griffins allowed the Nittany Lions to shoot 56.0% from the field but did force Penn State to commit 21 turnovers. Leading the way for Canisius was Phil Valenti who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Golden Griffins have been led by Malcolm McMillan (20.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.4 apg), Phil Valenti (16.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Jamal Reynolds (10.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg). Offensively, Canisius is averaging 84.8 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field and 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Griffins average 10.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.34. Defensively, Canisius is allowing their opponents to average 83.4 ppg on 46.7% shooting. The Golden Griffins have a rebound margin of -0.5 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

Kent State vs. Canisius - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kent State Golden Flashes won their 3rd straight game and improved to 6-2 (0-0 MAC-East) on the season after defeating the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, 73-62, this past Thursday. Kent State used a strong defensive performance in the 2nd half to outscore Louisiana-Monroe by a 40-27 margin to secure the victory. Kent State shot 40.7% from the field and 40.0% (6-15) from three-point range in the win. The Golden Flashes held the Warhawks to 38.3% shooting from the field and forced Louisiana-Monroe to commit 12 turnovers. Leading the way for Kent State was Xavier Pollard who had 16 points and 5 rebounds from off the bench. On the season, the Golden Flashes have been led by Jimmy Hall (15.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 3.1 apg), Kellon Thomas (13.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Xavier Pollard (12.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, Kent State is averaging 75.1 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field and 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Flashes average 6.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.45. Defensively, Kent State is holding their opponents to an average of 69.8 ppg on 44.6% shooting. The Golden Flashes have a rebound margin of 5.9 and a turnover margin of 2.4.

The Golden Griffins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. MAC opponents and 17-8 ATS in their last 28 road games. The Golden Flashes are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win however, just 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.

Canisius lost three of their top four scorers from last year’s team but the Golden Griffins fast paced tempo, offensive hasn’t been the issue for Canisius. Kent State has a great player in Jimmy Hall and has solid front-court which has given the Golden Flashes a good rebounding advantage in most games this season. Canisius has the talent to hang around with Kent State in this one but as they are giving up an average of 92 ppg on the road this season, I think the Golden Flashes should have no problem putting up points on Canisius and will do enough on the defensive end to cover this spread at home. Take Kent State to cover.  

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Kent State Golden Flashes -8

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