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Cleveland State vs. Kent State - 11/12/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kent State Golden Flashes (19-13) at Cleveland State Vikings (9-23)

College Basketball: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Beeghly Center)

The Line: Cleveland State Vikings +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Kent State Golden Flashes and Cleveland State Vikings open the college basketball season Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center.

The Kent State Golden Flashes look to keep taking steps forward under coach Rob Senderoff after winning 100 games the last five seasons. Jimmy Hall returns after averaging 16.4 points and 7.9 rebounds while Jaylin Walker averaged 7.7 points and two rebounds. Deon Edwin grabbed 3.1 rebounds per game and Jon Fleming played nine minutes last season. Kent State does return its top player in Hall, but the Golden Flashes do lose three of their top four scorers from last season. The Kent State Golden Flashes have a lot of holes to fill after losing much of last years roster, but do have a senior forward who will help them compete most nights. The Kent State Golden Flashes have lost their last three neutral site games.

Cleveland State vs. Kent State - 11/12/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cleveland State Vikings look for a bounce back season after winning just nine games last season with four coming in the Horizon League. Rob Edwards returns after averaging 12.4 points and 1.4 assists while Demonte Flannigan averaged 11.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. Kenny Carpenter dished 1.5 assists per game and Jibri Blount grabbed 3.1 rebounds per game. Cleveland State is loaded with experience that includes 10 upperclassmen and two double-digit returning scorers who combined for 700-plus points last season. Gary Waters has a good chance to lead the Cleveland State Vikings to their most success since the 2008-09 season. The Cleveland State Vikings have lost their last four neutral site games.

The Golden Flashes are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Vikings are 4-14 ATS in their last 18 neutral site games and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

Not sure why the Cleveland State Vikings are the underdogs in this spot, but I'll take it. The Vikings return the bulk of their roster and are extremely experienced. Kent State may have the player overall in Hall, but lacks the depth this early in the season. This is a game Cleveland State could win outright, so I'm taking the points here.

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Cleveland State Vikings +4.5

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