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Kent State vs. Western Michigan - 1/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Western Michigan at Kent State
Date & Time Tuesday January 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
MAC Center
Kent, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Kent State -6.5 -- Over/Under: 144
TV Channel
ESPN3
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NCAA BB | Western Michigan at Kent State
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The Western Michigan Broncos and Kent State Golden Flashes meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the MAC Center.

The Western Michigan Broncos need a victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Western Michigan Broncos are averaging 70.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 72.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Michael Flowers is averaging 16 points and 3.6 assists while Seth Dugan is averaging 14.6 points and 8.2 rebounds. Josh Davis is the third double-digit scorer and Kawanise Wilkins is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Western Michigan Broncos are shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Western Michigan Broncos are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.2 rebounds per game. The Western Michigan Broncos have lost four of their last five road games.

The Kent State Golden Flashes look for another victory after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Kent State Golden Flashes are averaging 76.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 73.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Jaylin Walker is averaging 22.6 points and 1.8 assists while Jalen Avery is averaging 13 points and 1.9 rebounds. Antonio Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Philip Whittington is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Kent State Golden Flashes are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Kent State Golden Flashes are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The Kent State Golden Flashes have won seven of their last nine home games.

The Broncos are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Mid-American and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Golden Flashes are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Mid-American, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Broncos are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Golden Flashes last 5 home games. The over is 4-1 in Broncos last 5 Tuesday games.

The Kent State Golden Flashes are a different team at home where the offense sees a massive improvement and they're winning by an average of six points. The Western Michigan Broncos watch their defense drop off quite a bit on the road where they're giving up 76.1 points and are being outscored by an average of 8.9 points. The home team has won seven of the last nine meetings between Western Michigan and Kent State, and the favorite has covered each of the last four meetings. This feels like a good spot to back Kent State and the reasonable chalk.

Pick:
Kent State -6.5

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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