Kent State vs. Youngstown State - 11/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Youngstown State Penguins (0-0) vs. Kent State Golden Flashes (0-0)
NCAA Basketball: Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm (MAC Center)
The Line: Kent State -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Youngstown State Penguins and Kent State Golden Flashes open their season Saturday night at the MAC Center.
The Youngstown State Penguins look to keep building their program after winning just 26 games the last two years. Bobby Hain will lead the Penguins after averaging 14.6 points and 7.4 rebounds while Cameron Morse averaged six points and 1.3 assists. Sidney Umude grabbed two rebounds and Tyler Warford shot 50 percent from the field. The Youngstown State Penguins lost majority of last year’s team that shot 44.2 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from downtown. The good news for Youngstown State is that Hain adds some stability at both ends and has gotten better in each of his first three seasons. The bad news is that the Penguins have just two winning seasons in the last 12 years and likely don’t have enough depth to change that this season.
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The Kent State Golden Flashes look to repeat last year’s success in which they won 23 games. Jimmy Hall returns after leading Kent State with 15.9 points and 7.7 rebounds while Chris Ortiz averaged 6.3 points and 4.5 rebounds. Kellon Thomas dished 1.3 assists and Khaliq Spicer grabbed six rebounds. The Kent State Golden Flashes did lose three of their four double-digit scorers but do return some solid pieces from a team that shot 42.7 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from downtown. Hall was a force last season for the Golden Flashes and is more than capable of leading Kent State again to another solid season. However, players such as Raasean Davis and Marvin Jones have to hit the ground running to provide help for Kent State.
The Penguins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Golden Flashes are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Penguins are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Youngstown State just doesn't have enough to go on the road and hang with a confident and rather talented Kent State team despite losing a few quality players. I don't like laying big chalk this early in the season, but the Penguins are in over their heads here.