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Kent State vs. Central Michigan - 3/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Central Michigan at Kent State
Date & Time Thursday March 14, 2019, 2:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Quicken Loans Arena
Cleveland, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Kent State -1 -- Over/Under: 155
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Central Michigan at Kent State
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The Central Michigan Chippewas and Kent State Golden Flashes meet Thursday in the college basketball MAC Tournament at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Central Michigan Chippewas look for a win here after winning six of their last eight games. The Central Michigan Chippewas are averaging 79.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 76.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Larry Austin Jr. is averaging 17.3 points and 5.9 assists while Shawn Roundtree is averaging 16.5 points and 2.7 rebounds. David DiLeo is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin McKay is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Central Michigan Chippewas are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Central Michigan Chippewas are allowing 29.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game. The Central Michigan Chippewas have won their last three non-home games.

The Kent State Golden Flashes enter this contest winning seven of their last 11 games. The Kent State Golden Flashes are averaging 74.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 73.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Jaylin Walker is averaging 21.9 points and 2.2 assists while Antonio Williams is averaging 11.9 points and 4.1 rebounds. Jalen Avery is the third double-digit scorer and Philip Whittington is grabbing eight rebounds. The Kent State Golden Flashes are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The Kent State Golden Flashes are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game. The Kent State Golden Flashes have lost four of their last six non-home games.

The Chippewas are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. Mid-American, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Golden Flashes are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games. The over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 8-2 in Golden Flashes last 10 overall. The under is 6-2 in Chippewas last 8 games following a ATS win.

The Central Michigan Chippewas enter this tournament probably playing better basketball and have been covering machines for much of the year, which includes covers in 12 of their last 16 games. The Kent State Golden Flashes have won five of the last eight meetings against Central Michigan. Overall, both of these teams are pretty even, but I give the edge to Central Michigan because of the offense. The Chippewas are one of the better scoring teams in the country, and when those outside shots are falling, they can be scary good. In a toss-up contest, I'll give the slight edge to Central Michigan.

Pick:
Central Michigan +1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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