Kent State Golden Flashes (12-12) at Ball State Cardinals (15-9)
|Date & Time||Friday February 9, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ball State Cardinals -5.5 -- Over/Under: 145
The Kent State Golden Flashes will travel to Worthen Arena to take on the Ball State Cardinals this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Kent State Golden Flashes lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 12-12 (6-5 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 71-67, this past Tuesday. Kent State struggled with turnovers throughout the game and couldn’t fight back after a 7-0 Eagles run gave Eastern Michigan a 65-57 lead with 1:05 left in regulation. Kent State shot 42.1% from the field and committed 19 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Flashes was Jaylin Walker who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists. On the season, Kent State is averaging 73.8 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Golden Flashes are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kent State has been led by Jaylin Walker (17.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Adonis De La Rosa (12.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), Kevin Zabo (12.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), and Jalen Avery (9.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.0 apg). Defensively, Kent State is allowing their opponents to average 73.0 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Golden Flashes have a rebound margin of 1.8 and a turnover margin of 0.3.
The Ball State Cardinals improved to 15-9 (6-5 MAC) on the season after defeating the Bowling Green Falcons, 59-56, this past Tuesday. Ball State was down by a 33-27 margin at halftime, however, the Cardinals were outstanding defensively in the 2nd half and pulled away for victory late after finishing the final 4:30 of regulation on an 8-3 run. Ball State held Bowling Green to just 35.9% shooting from the field and 28.0% (7-25) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Tyler Persons who had 15 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. On the season, Ball State is averaging 74.5 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Cardinals are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ball State has been led by Tayler Persons (14.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.4 apg), Kyle Mallers (10.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.3 apg), Tahjai Teague (10.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.2 spg), and Trey Moses (10.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.3 apg). Defensively, Ball State is allowing their opponents to average 73.9 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Cardinals have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of -1.3.
The Golden Flashes are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cardinals are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 Friday games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Kent State has had an up and down season and come into this matchup ranked just 180th in scoring offense and T-204th in scoring defense. Ball State has won 3 of their last 4 games and has been led by their offense that ranks 162nd scoring offense and 142nd in three pointers made per game. Kent State was able to pull out an overtime victory against Ball State a couple of weeks ago, however, the Golden Flashes are just 2-7 on the road this season and as the Cardinals have lost just one at home this season, I think that Tyler Persons and Ball State do enough in this one to cover the spread. Take Ball State to cover.