Kent State vs. Loyola of Chicago - 11/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (3-1) at Kent State Golden Flashes (4-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Memorial A & C Center)
The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Loyola Ramblers and Kent State Golden Flashes play Saturday night at the MAC Center.
The Loyola Ramblers are off to a 3-1 start and are getting it done offensively. On the season, Loyola is averaging 61.5 points on 40.2 percent shooting and is allowing 72 points on 50.5 percent shooting. Milton Doyle leads the Ramblers with 18.5 points and 4.5 assists while Christian Thomas is averaging 12.8 points on 60.6 percent shooting. Montel James is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Donte Ingram is shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc. The Loyola Ramblers have topped 70 points in three of their four games and are shooting 38.8 percent from downtown. The Ramblers weakness early on is the 27 rebounds they’re averaging per game and the fact they’re allowing 42.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
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The Kent State Golden Flashes look to bounce back from their loss to the Yale Bulldogs. On the season, Kent State is averaging 70 points on 48 percent shooting and is allowing 59.5 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Jimmy Hall leads Kent State with 16 points and 7.2 rebounds while Kris Brewer is averaging 12 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Derek Jackson is the third kent State player averaging double-digit points and Devareaux Manley is shooting 46.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Kent State Golden Flashes are also off to a fast offensive start, shooting 40.4 percent from downtown and 63.7 percent from the free throw line. Kent State is also shooting 22 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has allowed less than 70 points in seven of its last nine games.
The Ramblers are 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 non-conference games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Golden Flashes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 home games.
Kent State will be able to match Loyola's offensive production but the difference in this game is on the glass. The Golden Flashes will control this game at both ends and should be able to cover late in the second half.