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Kent State vs. Buffalo - 1/25/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo at Kent State
Date & Time Friday January 25, 2019, 6:30 PM (EST)
Location
MAC Center
Kent, OH
The Line
Kent State Golden Flashes +9 -- Over/Under: 159
TV Channel
CBSSN
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The 14th ranked Buffalo Bulls will travel to the MAC Center to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The 14th ranked Buffalo Bulls had their 6-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 17-2 (5-1 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Illinois Huskies, 77-75, this past Tuesday. Buffalo struggled offensively against the Huskies and couldn’t hold on late to force OT after Noah McCarty was able to hit a game-winning layup for the Huskies with just :02 seconds left in regulation. Buffalo allowed Northern Illinois to shoot 50.0% from the field while the Bulls shot just 36.7% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bulls was CJ Massinburg who had 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.

On the season, Buffalo is averaging 84.6 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Bulls are averaging 9.7 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Buffalo has been led by CJ Massinburg (18.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Jeremy Harris (15.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Nick Perkins (14.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.1 bpg), Jayvon Graves (9.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to average 70.1 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Bulls have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of 4.6.

The Kent State Golden Flashes won their 3rd straight game and improved to 15-4 (4-2 MAC) on the season after defeating the Toledo Rockets, 87-85 in OT, this past Tuesday. Kent State trailed for the majority of the game, however, was able to fight back from a 78-66 deficit with just 4:08 left in regulation to force OT and was able to hang on for victory after Jaylin Walker gave the Golden Flashes the lead for good with :26 seconds left in OT. Kent State shot 45.6% from the field and 38.2% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Flashes was Jaylin Walker who had 36 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, Kent State is averaging 76.9 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Golden Flashes are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kent State has been led by Jaylin Walker (23.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.3 spg), Jalen Avery (11.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.0 apg), Antonio Williams (11.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.7 spg), and Philip Whittington (9.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.2 bpg).

Defensively, Kent State is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Golden Flashes have a rebound margin of -0.2 and a turnover margin of 3.1.

The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss and 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 games overall. The Golden Flashes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Buffalo has won 6 of their last 8 games and has one of the more explosive offenses in the country as they currently rank 16th in scoring offense, 124th in FG%, and 32nd in three-pointers made per game. Kent State has won 4 of their last 5 games and although their defense can give up some points as they rank just 198th in scoring defense and 247th in defensive FG%, the Golden Flashes have a decent offense that ranks 100th in scoring offense, T-93rd in three-pointers made per game, and 98th in 3P-FG%.

Buffalo is still the best team in the MAC even with their surprising road loss to Northern Illinois, however, Kent State has been playing outstanding basketball as of late and as the Golden Flashes are an impressive 10-2 at home this season, I think Kent State will be able to do enough with the points to cover in this one. Good Luck!

Pick:
Kent State Golden Flashes +9

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