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Central Michigan vs. Kent State - 2/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kent State Golden Flashes (15-6) at Central Michigan Chippewas (12-9)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (McGuirk Arena)

The Line: Central Michigan Chippewas -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: American Sports Network, ESPN 3, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago Plus

The Kent State Golden Flashes will travel to McGuirk Arena to take on the Central Michigan Chippewas this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Kent State Golden Flashes had their five game winning streak snapped and dropped to 15-6 (6-2 MAC East) on the season after being defeated by the Ohio Bobcats, 72-61, this past Friday. Kent State was able to use an early run in the 2nd half to erase a 30-23 halftime deficit, but could never overtake the lead in the loss. Kent State shot 38.6% from the field and 33.3% (5-15) from beyond the arc. The Golden Flashes allowed the Bobcats to shoot 42.2% from the field and loss the turnover battle by a 14-9 margin. Leading the way for Kent State was Jimmy Hall who had a double-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, and an assist. On the season, the Golden Flashes have been led by Jimmy Hall (16.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.3 apg), Kellon Thomas (12.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Xavier Pollard (12.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg). Offensively, Kent State is averaging 75.4 ppg on 45.1% shooting from field and 31.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Flashes average 5.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.12. Defensively, Kent State is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 42.7% shooting. The Golden Flashes have a rebound margin of 4.3 and average 5.8 steals per game.

Central Michigan vs. Kent State - 2/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Central Michigan Chippewas won their 3rd straight game and improved to 12-9 (5-3 MAC West) on the season after defeating the Bowling Green Falcons, 77-65, this past Saturday. Central Michigan had a 41-30 lead at halftime and had control of the game throughout the 2nd half. Central Michigan shot 44.1% from the field and 40.9% (9-22) from beyond the arc. The Chippewas held the Falcons to 37.1% shooting from the field and 16.7% (2-12) from three-point range. Leading the way for Central Michigan was Chris Fowler who had 27 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, the Chippewas have been led by Braylon Rayson (16.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Chris Fowler (16.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.1 spg), and Rayshawn Simmons (13.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.0 apg). Offensively, Central Michigan is averaging 76.6 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field and 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Chippewas average 9.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.32. Defensively, Central Michigan has allowed their opponents to average 72.2 ppg on 44.4% shooting. The Chippewas have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

The Golden Flashes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. MAC opponents. The Chippewas are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Kent State struggled offensively on the road against Ohio but make no mistake, the Golden Flashes are a serious contender in the MAC led by Jimmy Hall. Central Michigan has put together a nice little winning streak as of late and has been outstanding at home winning their last three games by an average of 15.3 ppg. Central Michigan will have trouble containing the strong front-court of the Golden Flashes however, I think they’ll be able to make enough three-pointers to cover this spread. Take Central Michigan to cover. 

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Central Michigan Chippewas -3.5

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