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Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Northern Illinois Huskies Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/29/14

Northern Illinois Huskies (7-11) at Kent State Golden Flashes (11-8)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Memorial Athletic Center)

The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: Kent State hopes to break a three-game skid when they host slumping Northern Illinois Wednesday.

The Breakdown: The Golden Flashes are in 6th place in the MAC-East with a record of 2-4, dropping their third straight Sunday 81-78 at Toledo when junior G Kris Brewer’s game-winning shot attempt bounced off the rim as time expired. Kent State shot 48.4 percent from the field and hit 7 of 20 from outside the arc, while allowing the Rockets to shoot 45.6 percent from the floor and finish with a 37-34 advantage on the boards. The Golden Flashes also committed 12 turnovers. Senior F Daren Goodson had a game-high 17 points to go along with 6 rebounds, junior G Derek Jackson had 16 points and Brewer added 14 points and 7 assists. Onn the season, Kent State is averaging 72.8 ppg on 42.6 percent shooting and Brewer leads the team with 12.6 ppg.

Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Northern Illinois Huskies Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/29/14

Meanwhile Northern Illinois is in 4th place in the West with a 1-5 league record after losing their fourth straight 75-67 to Buffalo Saturday. The Huskies struggled from the field, connecting on 19 of 55 and just 3 of 17 from beyond the arc to the Bulls’ 25 of 45 from the floor and 6 of 11 from distance. N. Illinois finished with a 35-31 advantage on the boards, but committed 15 turnovers. Senior F Aksel Bolin had a team-high 17 points with 7 rebounds and sophomore G Darrell Bowie added 14 points and 7 boards. Through 18 games, the Huskies are averaging 62.6 ppg on 38.2 percent shooting and freshman G Dontel Highsmith leads the team with 10.5 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -11 for Kent State and the Golden Flashes won this matchup in OT the first time around, not to mention they’re averaging better than 10 points a game more than N. Illinois and shooting considerably better as well. Look for Kent State to cover.

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