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Kent State vs. Eastern Michigan - 2/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Michigan Eagles (13-10) at Kent State Golden Flashes (12-11)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Memorial A )

The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes -2.5 -- Over/Under: 137 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Eastern Michigan Eagles will travel to the MAC Center to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles improved to 13-10 (4-6 MAC-West) on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals, 58-41, this past Saturday. Eastern Michigan led by just 27-26 margin at halftime, however, dominated Ball State on the defensive end during the 2nd half and had no trouble pulled away after a 15-0 Eagles run gave Eastern Michigan a 56-36 lead with 5:18 left in regulation. Eastern Michigan shot 52.3% from the field while holding Ball State to just 26.7% shooting from the field and 19.0% (4-21) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Eagles was Elijah Minnie who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. On the season, Eastern Michigan is averaging 72.1 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Michigan has been led by Elijah Minnie (15.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.9 spg, 1.7 bpg), James Thompson IV (15.3 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 1.7 bpg), Paul Jackson (14.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.5 spg), and Tim Bond (9.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.4 spg, 1.2 bpg). Defensively, Eastern Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 68.0 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 0.2 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

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Kent State vs. Eastern Michigan - 2/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kent State Golden Flashes had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-11 (6-4 MAC-East) on the season after being defeated by the Bowling Green Falcons, 70-62, this past Saturday. Kent State 29-10 lead late in the 1st half, however, had no answers fore the Bowling Green offense in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after a 17-4 Falcons run gave Bowling Green a 64-57 lead with 3:25 left in regulation. Kent State shot just 41.1% from the field and 27.3% (6-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Flashes was Adonis De La Rose who had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Kent State is averaging 74.1 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Golden Flashes are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kent State has been led by Jaylin Walker (17.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.2 spg), Kevin Zabo (12.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Adonis De La Rosa (12.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Jalen Avery (9.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.0 apg). Defensively, Kent State is allowing their opponents to average 73.1 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Golden Flashes have a rebound margin of 1.6 and a turnover margin of 0.5.

The Eagles are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games vs. MAC opponents and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Golden Flashes are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games.

Eastern Michigan has lost 3 of their last 5 games, however, the Eagles are still a dangerous team as they have one of the best defenses in the MAC and come into this matchup ranked 73rd in scoring defense, 32nd in defensive FG%, 4th in blocks per game, and 9th in steals per game. Kent State has won 5 of their last 7 games however, have been nothing more than average on both ends of the court as the Golden Flashes currently rank 175th in scoring offense and 202nd in scoring defense. Kent State has been great at home lately, which included a great win over Buffalo, however, I really like how the Eagles defense looked against a very good Ball State team, I think the Eagles do enough to keep this one close and cover with the points. 

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