Kent State Golden Flashes (0-0) at Cleveland State Vikings (0-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 10, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Cleveland State Vikings +3 -- Over/Under: 143
The Kent State Golden Flashes and the Cleveland State Vikings meet in college basketball action from Wolstein Center on Saturday night.
The Kent State Golden Flashes will be looking to improve on an average 2017 campaign that saw the Golden Flashes finish 17-17, including 9-9 in MAC play to finish 2nd in the MAC East division. The Golden Flashes took down Northern Illinois and Ball State before being taken down by Buffalo in the conference semifinals. Leading scorer Jaylin Walker is back after averaging 16.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season, and Jalen Avery returns after averaging 10.3 points per game. Kent State lost the services of Kevin Zabo who graduated, and 7-footer Adonis De La Rosa who transferred to Illinois to join the Fighting Illini. Only time will tell if this year’s edition of the Golden Flashes can once again compete in the ranks of the MAC.
The Cleveland State Vikings will look to bounce back after starting their season on the wrong foot after falling to Davidson by a final score of 83-63 in their season opener on Tuesday. Rashad Williams led the Vikings with 15 points on 5 of 7 shooting from 3-point range while Seth Miliner added 10 points as the only other Viking to score in double figures in the losing effort. Stefan Kenos added a team-high 7 rebounds and shared the team lead with 4 assists in the losing effort. As a team, Cleveland State is averaging 63 points on 46.7% shooting from the field, 50% from behind the 3-point line and 57.9% from the foul line this season.
Kent State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 16-7 in their last 23 road games. Cleveland State is 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games against the MAC and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 non-conference games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Kent State is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams at Cleveland State.
Cleveland State had a game to shake the rust off, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Vikings couldn’t get anything going against Davidson. Kent State lost a couple of key pieces, but they still have their leading scorer back and have had a lot of success ATS in this matchup, so I’ll lay the bucket with Kent State on the road here.