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Ohio Bobcats (9-10) vs. Kent State Golden Flashes (10-9)
January 26, 2024 6:30 pm EDT
The Line: Kent State Golden Flashes -2.5; Over/Under: 151.5
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The Ohio Bobcats will play the Kent State Golden Flashes in a MAC game on Friday night at the M.A.C. Center in Kent, Ohio. Ohio has won two of their last three games, while Kent State has also won two of their last three. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Ohio vs Kent State prediction. 

Ohio Preview

The Ohio Bobcats are 9-10 (3-4) this year after they lost to Akron by a score of 67-58 in their last game. Ohio trailed 35-26 at the half and they couldn’t overcome the deficit in the second half for the loss. The Bobcats shot 38.9% from the field and had 13 turnovers in the game. Ohio defeated Eastern Michigan by a score of 85-67 and Central Michigan by a score of 73-61 in the two games prior to Akron. The Bobcats are scoring 77.9 points per game with 36.1 rebounds per game and 13.7 assists per game, while allowing 71.3 points against per game this year. Jaylin Hunter is averaging 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. Ohio is shooting 45.7% from the field, 70.4% on free throws, and 34.5% on three pointers this season. 

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Kent State Preview

The Kent State Golden Flashes are 10-9 (3-4) this season after they defeated Bowling Green in overtime by a score of 90-84 in their last game. Kent State scored 39 points in the second half, before adding 16 points in overtime for the win. The Golden Flashes shot 49.2% from the field and were -12 in rebounding margin in the game. Kent State lost to Akron by a score of 77-71 in the game prior to Bowling Green, but did beat NIU by a score of 83-76 before that. The Golden Flashes are scoring 78.5 points per game with 34.4 rebounds per game and 13.2 assists per game, while giving up 74.6 points against per game this season. Jalen Sullinger is averaging 15.2 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game, and 2.6 assists per game. Kent State is shooting 45.5% from the field, 76% on free throws, and 36.9% on three pointers this year. 

Ohio vs Kent State Betting Prediction

Both of these teams come into this game with 3-4 conference records, but they have won two of their last three games. Kent State is at home, but they are allowing over 74 points against per game on defense. The offensive metrics are pretty similar for both teams, but that Kent State defense does scare me. I think this game could go either way, so I am going to take the points with Ohio here. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Ohio +2.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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