The Kent State Golden Flashes and the Missouri State Bears meet in college basketball action from the UVI Sports & Fitness Center on Sunday night.
Kent State Demolishes Hampton
The Kent State Golden Flashes come into this game on the heels of their 100-62 win over Hampton in their last matchup. Jalen Sullinger leads the Golden Flashes in scoring with 17.8 PPG while Chris Payton Jr. has 16.3 PPG with a team-high 9.5 RPG to lead the Golden Flashes on the glass. Reggie Bass has 13.3 PPG with 2.3 APG and Cli’Ron Hornbeak has 10.5 PPG with 5.8 RPG this season. Giovanni Santiago added 10.3 PPG with a team-high 5.8 APG to lead the Golden Flashes in the assist department while rounding out the group of double-digit scorers for Kent State so far this season. As a team, Kent State is averaging 91.5 PPG on 47.1% shooting from the field, 37.5% from three and 76.6% from the foul line this season.
Missouri State Takes Out Florida Gulf Coast
The Missouri State Bears come into this one looking to build on a 70-61 win over Florida Gulf Coast to get to 2-1 on the year. Alston Mason leads the Bears in scoring with 21 PPG along with 4 RPG and 2.3 APG while Chance Moore has 12 PPG with 4 RPG and Donovan Clay has 12 PPG with a team-high 7 RPG to lead the Bears in rebounding so far this season. Matthew Lee has 10 PPG with 4 RPG and a team-high 6.3 APG to lead the Bears in assists while also capping off the group of double-digit scorers for the Bears this season. As a team, Missouri State is averaging 71 PPG on 44.8% shooting from the field, 38.5% from three and 65.9% from the foul line this season.
I’m backing the over here. Kent State has been lighting teams up offensively this season and I think they’ll have some success here against a Missouri State team that doesn’t force a ton of turnovers or hit the offensive glass all that hard. However, Missouri State should get theirs as well as a top-50 3-point shooting team going against one of the worst 3-point defenses in the country in Kent State. Look for the points to come on the board in bunches and I’ll back the over here.