Kent State Golden Flashes (0-0) vs. Northern Kentucky Norse (0-0)
November 7, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse -1.5 / Kent State Golden Flashes +1.5; Over/Under: +139
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The Kent State Golden Flashes and Northern Kentucky Norse meet Monday in college basketball action at the Truist Arena. The Kent State Golden Flashes are coming off a 23-win season. The Northern Kentucky Norse are coming off a 20-win season.
The Kent State Golden Flashes have won 20-plus games in 3 of their last 4 seasons. Sincere Carry returns after averaging 17.9 points and 4.5 rebounds, while Malique Jacobs averaged 12.8 points and 3.2 assists. VonCameron Davis played more than 400 minutes last season and Giovanni Santiago averaged 2.4 rebounds. The Kent State Golden Flashes return both of their double-digit scorers from last season, and that gives them a fighting chance in the MAC. Kent State also lands 3 transfers in Miryne Thomas from Ball State, Mike Bekelja from Duquesne and Robert Carpenter from Mississippi Valley State.
The Northern Kentucky Norse have won 20-plus games in 5 of their last 6 seasons. Marques Warrick returns after averaging 16.8 points and 2.9 rebounds, while Trevon Faulkner averaged 11.8 points and 1.5 assists. Sam Vinson is a third double-digit returning scorer, and Chris Brandon played in more than 600 minutes last season. The Northern Kentucky Norse had a successful season last year, and they return pretty much all of their top contributors. Northern Kentucky was a point away from making the NCAA Tournament last season, and they should be favored to win the Horizon this year.
The Golden Flashes are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Norse are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Golden Flashes last 5 Monday games. The over is 6-1 in Norse last 7 home games.
This is secretly going to be one of the better games on the opening day schedule, as both of these clubs were successful last season and return the majority of their workhorses. With that said, the Northern Kentucky Norse are the deeper team with more scoring options, and getting this game at home doesn’t hurt. I’ll lay the bucket with the Norse at home.