Kent State Golden Flashes (5-1) vs. Houston Cougars (5-0)
November 26, 2022 2:30 pm EDT
The Line: Houston Cougars -19.5 / Kent State Golden Flashes +19.5; Over/Under: +135
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The Kent State Golden Flashes and the Houston Cougars meet in college basketball action from the Fertitta Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Kent State Golden Flashes will look to bounce back from a 74-72 loss to Charleston in their last game. Sincere Carry leads the Golden Flashes in scoring and assists with 19.8 PPG and 5.8 APG while Malique Jacobs has 13.2 PPG with 3 APG and Miryne Thomas has 12 PPG with 5.8 RPG this season. Giovanni Santiago has 10.8 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Kent State up to this point in the season while Cli’Ron Hornbeak has a team-high 6.8 RPG to lead Kent State on the glass this season. As a team, Kent State is averaging 81 PPG on 46.2% shooting from the field, 38.6% from three and 73.8% from the foul line this season.
The Houston Cougars will be out to remain unbeaten after climbing to 5-0 on the year after a 66-56 win over Oregon last time out. Marcus Sasser leads the Cougars in scoring with 16.6 PPG along with 3 APG while Jarace Walker has 12.4 PPG with 7 RPG to lead the Cougars on the glass. Tramon Mark has 10.6 PPG with 4 RPG to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Houston up to this point in the year. Jamal Shead also has a team-high 6 APG to lead the Cougars in the assist department. As a team, Houston is averaging 79.2 PPG on 48.2% shooting from the field, 33.6% from three and 71.6% from the foul line this season.
Kent State is 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following an ATS win and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. Houston is 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win and 38-15 ATS in their last 53 home games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games following an ATS win.
I get the reasoning for backing an underdog in some spots when they’ve been covering as well as Kent State has been, but the problem is that Houston’s unlike anything that Kent State has daced so far this year. The Cougars’ pressure on defense just makes life hell for opposing teams and if teams like Oregon can’t crack the Houston code, I doubt Kent State will. Give me the Cougars by 20+.