Ohio Bobcats vs. Kent State Golden Flashes - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kent State Golden Flashes (18-8) at Ohio Bobcats (9-15)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Ohio University Convocation Center)
The Line: Ohio Bobcats 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - Ohio; Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - New York
The Kent State Golden Flashes will travel to the Convocation Center to take on the Ohio Bobcats this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Kent State Golden Flashes improved to 18-8 (9-4 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals, 58-53, this past Wednesday. Kent State shot 44.2% from the field and 31.3% (5-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Flashes was Devareaux Manley who had 19 points and 3 rebounds. Kent State is ranked 91st in the RPI Standings and has played the 158th ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Flashes have been led by Jimmy Hall (15.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.6 apg) and Devareaux Manley (13.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.8 apg). Kent State is averaging 64.7 ppg (ranked 242nd) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 217th). The Golden Flashes average 7.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 88th) on 36.0% three-point shooting (ranked 94th). Kent State is holding their opponents to an average of 61.1 ppg (ranked 53rd) on 40.6% shooting (ranked 84th). The Golden Flashes average 4.1 bpg (ranked 97th) and are holding teams to 30.5% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 34th).
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The Ohio Bobcats dropped to 9-15 (4-9 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Western Michigan Broncos, 80-69, this past Wednesday. Ohio shot 47.5% from the field and 32.0% (8-25) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Maurice Daly Ndour who had 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals. Ohio is ranked 214th in the RPI Standings and has played the 137th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bobcats have been led by Javarez Willis (15.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg) and Maurice Daly Ndour (14.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.7 apg). Ohio is averaging 67.5 ppg (ranked 171st) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 171st). The Bobcats are shooting 71.2% from the free-throw line (ranked 88th) and average 6.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 115th). Ohio is holding their opponents to an average of 71.5 ppg (ranked 298th) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 194th). The Bobcats are allowing teams to shoot 34.6% from beyond the arc (ranked 216th) and average 4.3 bpg (ranked 83rd).
The Golden Flashes are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Bobcats are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
Ohio has dropped three straight games and although they've had success against some of the better teams in the MAC at home (Wins vs. Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Akron) I don't think the match-up against Kent State is a particularly good one for the Bobcats. Kent State has won 3 of their last 4 including an impressive OT win at Toledo and I think Ohio will have trouble stopping the Golden Flashes from long-range in this one. I'm taking Kent State to win this one. Take Kent State in this pick-em