Kansas vs. Kent State - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kent State Golden Flashes (8-3) at Kansas Jayhawks (9-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kent State Golden Flashes and Kansas Jayhawks meet Tuesday night at the Allen Fieldhouse.
The Kent State Golden Flashes have won four of their last five games and will play their fifth true road contest. On the season, Kent State is averaging 65.8 points on 43.1 percent shooting and is allowing 59.5 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Jimmy Hall is averaging 13.7 points and 7.6 rebounds while Devareaux Manley is averaging 11.7 points and 2.4 rebounds. Kris Brewer is averaging 3.3 assists and Derek Jackson is shooting 43.7 percent from the field. The Kent State Golden Flashes are actually a solid defensive team that’s forcing 13 turnovers and allowing no more than 69 points in 10 of their 11 games. Offensively, Kent State has four double-digit scorers and are shooting 57.9 percent from the free throw line and 39 percent from beyond the arc. Kent State is also 3-1 SU on the road this season.
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The Kansas Jayhawks have had eight days to bounce back from the tough road loss to Temple. On the season, Kansas is averaging 70.2 points on 41.7 percent shooting and is allowing 65 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Perry Ellis is averaging 12.5 points and 6.3 rebounds while Frank Mason III is averaging 11.7 points and 3.9 assists. Cliff Alexander is grabbing six rebounds and Wayne Selden Jr. is shooting 34.7 percent from the field. The Kansas Jayhawks need to improve offensively if they’re going to compete in the Big 12, as they have just two double-digit scorers and have scored 63 or less points in three of their last six games. Defensively, Kansas is forcing 11.3 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 33.2 percent from beyond the arc.
The Golden Flashes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Jayhawks are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games following a S.U. loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Can we trust Kansas with the way it just played against Temple? The Jayhawks have also struggled against Utah, Georgetown, Florida and others. While Kent State isn't as talented as those teams, the Golden Flashes are a decent squad that has already shown they can win on the road. Look for Kent State to compete in this game.