Ball State vs. Kent State - 1/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kent State Golden Flashes (12-5) at Ball State Cardinals (12-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Worthen Arena)
The Line: Ball State Cardinals -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Kent State Golden Flashes will travel to John E. Worthen Arena to take on the Ball State Cardinals this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Kent State Golden Flashes won their 2nd straight game and improved to 12-5 (3-1 MAC East) on the season after defeating the Ohio Bobcats, 89-92, this past Saturday. Kent State was outstanding offensively in the victory and used a 10-3 run late in the 2nd half to put this one out of reach for Ohio. Kent State shot 46.7% from the field and 42.9% (6-14) from beyond the arc. The Golden Flashes allowed the Bobcats to shoot 45.8% shooting from the field and won the turnover battle by a 15-7 margin. Leading the way for Kent State was Xavier Pollard who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists. On the season, the Golden Flashes have been led by Jimmy Hall (15.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.3 apg), Kellon Thomas (12.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Xavier Pollard (12.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.9 apg). Offensively, Kent State is averaging 77.2 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field and 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Flashes average 5.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.21. Defensively, Kent State is allowing their opponents to average 72.2 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Golden Flashes have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of 2.6.
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The Ball State Cardinals won their 2nd straight game and improved to 12-5 (3-1 MAC West) on the season after defeating the Miami (OH) Redhawks, 48-46, this past Saturday. Ball State used a big 2nd half to overcome a 28-17 halftime deficit in the victory. Ball State shot 36.4% from the field and 38.9% (7-18) from beyond the arc in the win. The Cardinals held the Redhawks to 38.5% shooting from the field and outrebounded Miami (OH) by a 29-27 margin. Leading the way for Ball State was Jeremiah Davis who had 7 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, the Cardinals have been led by Ryan Weber (12.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.3 apg), Franko House (11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Bo Calhoun (10.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.3 apg). Offensively, Ball State is averaging 69.7 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field and 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Cardinals average 8.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.15. Defensively, Ball State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.9 ppg on 39.4% shooting. The Cardinals have a rebound margin of 3.1 and average 6.6 steals per game.
The Golden Flashes are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 road games. The Cardinals are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record however, just 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS loss.
Ball State has been outstanding at home this season sporting a 9-1 home record largely due to their defense that ranks 19th in the country in scoring defense. Kent State is one of the better offensive teams in the MAC and are led by one of the better players in the conference in Jimmy Hall. Kent State has showed that they can be competitive on the road this season and although Ball State will be a tough road victory, I think the Golden Flashes will be able to control the paint in this one and get the big road win. I’m taking Kent State and the points in this one.