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Kent State vs. Miami (OH) - 2/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami (OH) at Kent State
Date & Time Tuesday February 5, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Memorial A&C Center
Kent, OH
The Line
Kent State Golden Flashes -4.5 -- Over/Under: 141
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Miami-Ohio RedHawks and the Kent State Golden Flashes meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the Kent State Memorial A&C Center on Tuesday night.

The Miami-Ohio RedHawks come into this game looking to keep their momentum going after winning 4 of their last 5 games following a 59-48 win over Eastern Michigan in their last outing. Dalonte Brown and Jalen Adaway each had 15 points as the lone pair of double-digit scorers for Miami-Ohio in the win with Brown shooting just 4 of 13 with a 6 of 6 mark from the foul line, 6 rebounds and a pair of steals while Adaway shot 7 of 14 with a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Abdoulaye Harouna and Mekhi Lairy each had a team-high 3 assists while Nike Sibande was held to just 3 points. Despite the off night, Sibande still leads Miami-Ohio in scoring with 15.7 points per game while Brown leads the RedHawks in rebounding with 5.3 rebounds per game and Darrian Ringo leads Miami-Ohio in assists with 5.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Miami-Ohio is averaging 72.3 points per game on 44% shooting from the floor, 33.6% from 3-point range and 69% from the foul line this season.

The Kent State Golden Flashes will look to keep their momentum going after an 83-80 overtime win over Ball State on the road in their last outing. Jalen Avery and Jaylin Walker each had a team-high 18 points, with Walker shooting an abysmal 5 of 26 from the floor with 4 threes, but did add 6 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists while Avery shot 6 of 11 with 3 threes and 4 assists. Philip Whittington, C.J. Williamson and Akiean Frederick each had 13 points, with Whittingto adding a team-high 8 rebounds while Frederick had 7 rebounds while shooting a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor. Walker leads Kent State in scoring with 22.9 points per game while Whittington leads the Golden Flashes in rebounding with 8 rebounds per game and Avery leads Kent State in assists with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Kent State is averaging 77.3 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 36% from behind the 3-point line and 71.7% from the foul line this season.

Miami-Ohio is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 road games. Kent State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Miami-Ohio is 8-1-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Kent State.

This is a hard game to call as it could genuinely go either way. Kent State is probably the better team here and should probably win, but it’s not often that your best player is going to shoot 5 for 26 and you still win the game. Ball State has been playing quite well in their own right and the only difference for me here is the fact that the RedHawks have had a tremendous amount of success in this matchup, so I’ll take a shot with Miami-Ohio and the points here.

Pick:
Miami-Ohio +4.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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