Kent State vs. Eastern Michigan - 3/9/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kent State vs. Eastern Michigan - 3/9/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Eastern Michigan Eagles (16-15) at Kent State Golden Flashes (19-12)

College Basketball: Monday, March 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Memorial A & C Center)

The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes -8.5 -- Over/Under: 130.5

TV: ESPN+

The Eastern Michigan Eagles and Kent State Golden Flashes meet Monday in the college basketball MAC Tournament at the MAC Center. 

The Eastern Michigan Eagles need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are averaging 64.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 63.4 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Ty Groce is averaging 11.4 points and 5.3 rebounds while Boubacar Toure is averaging 10.5 points and 0.6 assists. Noah Morgan is grabbing 2.8 rebounds and Yeikson Montero is dishing 1.1 assists. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are shooting 28.2 percent from beyond the arc and 62.7 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The Eastern Michigan Eagles have lost three straight road games.

The Kent State Golden Flashes need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Kent State Golden Flashes are averaging 76 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 69.8 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Antonio Williams is averaging 14.6 points and 3.9 rebounds while Danny Pippen is averaging 14.1 points and seven rebounds. Troy Simons is the third double-digit scorer and Anthony Roberts is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Kent State Golden Flashes are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Kent State Golden Flashes are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game. The Kent State Golden Flashes have won four of their last six home games.

The home team is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The favorite is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles beat Kent State by 21 points less than a month ago as 2.5-point underdogs. Eastern Michigan isn't playing well and has issues on the road where it loses by an average of 10.1 points and shoots just 39.9 percent from the field, but the Kent State Golden Flashes have lost six of their last nine games and are just 7-11-1 against the spread as a favorite this season. I'm going to take my chances with the Eastern Michigan Eagles and the points.

Randy’s Pick Eastern Michigan Eagles +8.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.