Kent State vs. Yale - 11/23/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Yale Bulldogs (3-1) at Kent State Golden Flashes (4-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Memorial A & C Center)
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The Yale Bulldogs and Kent State Golden Flashes play Sunday afternoon at the MAC Center.
The Yale Bulldogs have won three straight, including Saturday’s win over Southern Illinois. In the victory, Yale shot 36.7 percent from the field and grabbed 39 rebounds while the defense allowed 35.8 percent shooting and forced 13 turnovers. Justin Sears has 33 points and 17 rebounds in his last two games and Jack Montague is 7-10 from downtown in his last two games. Javier Duren has 13 rebounds and nine assists in his last two contests. While the Yale Bulldogs have some impressive shooters on this team, it’s their lockdown defense that will make the difference for them this season. Yale is averaging close to 10 steals per game and has held its last three opponents to 58 or less points.
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The Kent State Golden Flashes have yet to lose, which includes a 78-60 victory over UIC Saturday. In the win, Kent State shot 51.7 percent from the field and had 10 assists on 15 made baskets while the defense allowed 37.9 percent shooting and forced three turnovers. Kris Brewer has 27 points and seven assists in his last two games and Devareaux Manley has double-digit points in three of his last four games. Jimmy Hall has 22 points and 10 rebounds in his last two contests and Kellon Thomas has seven assists on the season. Kent State is a team that’s all about its defense and has shown that in the first few games by holding all of its opponents to 61 or less points and forcing six steals.
The Bulldogs are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Golden Flashes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
The Kent State Golden Flashes are the more balanced team here and have played better. Give me the Golden Flashes and the small chalk.