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Kent State vs. Cleveland State - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland State Vikings (2-4) at Kent State Golden Flashes (4-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Memorial A )

The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Cleveland State Vikings will travel to the MAC Center to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Cleveland State Vikings improved to 2-4 on the season after defeating the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 75-72, this past Wednesday. Cleveland State allowed Arkansas State to fight back into the game and take the lead after the Vikings held a 58-51 lead midway through the 2nd half, however, Cleveland was able to regain the lead and secure the victory after a 10-0 Vikings run gave Cleveland State a 70-62 lead with 5:49 left in regulation. Cleveland State shot 48.3% from the field and won the turnover battle by an 18-13 margin. Leading the way for the Vikings was Kenny Carpenter who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Cleveland State is averaging 65.3 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Vikings are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 30.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cleveland State has been led by Kenny Carpenter (14.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Dontel Highsmith (12.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 2.0 spg), Stefan Kenic (10.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Bobby Word (10.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg). Defensively, Cleveland State is allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Vikings have a rebound margin of -5.0 and average just 6.3 steals per game.

Kent State vs. Cleveland State - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kent State Golden Flashes snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 4-3 on the season after defeating the Norfolk State Spartans, 79-70, this past Wednesday. Kent State struggled offensively in the 1st half, however, had no trouble putting the ball in the basket in the 2nd half and pulled away after a 9-1 run gave the Golden Flashes a 65-57 lead with 6:11 left in regulation. Kent State shot 39.1% (9-23) from beyond the arc and outrebounded Norfolk State by a 44-36 margin. Leading the way for the Golden Flashes was Adonis De La Rosa who had a double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks in 26 minutes from off the bench. On the season, Kent State is averaging 79.0 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Golden Flashes are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 32.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Kent State has been led by Jaylin Walker (17.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.7 apg), Adonis De La Rosa (13.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg), Jalen Avery (7.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.7 apg), and Danny Pippen (7.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.7 bpg). Defensively, Kent State is allowing their opponents to average 68.9 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Golden Flashes have a rebound margin of 3.9 and a turnover margin of 2.4.

The Vikings are 14-29-2 ATS in their last 45 games overall and just 5-20-1 ATS in their last 26 road games. The Golden Flashes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Horizon League opponents.

Cleveland State once again is struggling to score the basketball as the Vikings come into this matchup ranked T-323rd in scoring offense, 215th in FG%, 287th in 3P-FG%, and 346th in FT%. Kent State doesn’t have as much firepower as they had last season, however, the Golden Flashes have been solid on both ends of the court as Kent State ranks 122nd in scoring offense and T-115th in scoring defense. Cleveland State has been awful ATS on the road in recent years and I think that trend continues in this one, I’m going to roll with Kent State to cover. 

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