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Ohio vs. Kent State - 2/20/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kent State Golden Flashes (13-14) at Ohio Bobcats (11-15)
Date & Time Tuesday February 20, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Ohio Bobcats -4 -- Over/Under:
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NCAA BB | Kent State Golden Flashes (13-14) at Ohio Bobcats (11-15)

We have some MAC-tion on the college basketball slate on Tuesday night as the Kent State Golden Flashes take on the Ohio Bobcats.

The Kent State Golden Flashes will look to build some momentum after snapping a mini 2 game losing streak with a 78-68 win over Akron in their last outing. Jaylin Walker led Kent State with 27 points on a 7 of 12 mark from 3 point range and a 6 of 7 mark from the foul line with a team-high 4 assists. Jalen Avery came 2nd with 16 points on 4 of 7 shooting with a pair of threes and a perfect 6 of 6 mark from the foul line while BJ Duling added 13 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Golden Flashes in the win. Danny Pippen added 4 points with team-highs of 8 rebounds and 3 blocks while Desmond Ridenour added 3 steals in the winning effort. Walker leads Kent State with an average of 17.5 points per game while Avery leads the Golden Flashes with 3.8 assists per game and Adonis De La Rosa is the team’s top rebounder with 7.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Kent State is scoring 73.7 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the 3-point line and 73.4% from the foul line this season.

The Ohio Bobcats could use a win here to get out of the MAC East basement after losing 9 of their last 12 games, but took a step in the right direction with a 92-87 overtime win over Miami-Ohio in their last outing. Jordan Dartis led Ohio with 23 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 3 threes, while Teyvion Kirk came 2nd with 18 points, 7 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists and Gavin Block added 16 points with a pair of steals and 3 blocks. Kevin Mickle chipped in 12 points while Doug Taylor added 10 points with a team-high 9 rebounds to finish off the scoring in double figures for Ohio in the win. Kirk leads Ohio in scoring with 15.4 points per game while Taylor leads the Bobcats on the glass with 7 rebounds per game and Block is Ohio’s top assist man with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Ohio is scoring 75.3 points per game on 44% shooting from the field, 36.8% from behind the arc and 71.1% from the foul line this season.

Kent State is 16-6-1 ATS in their last 23 conference matchups and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall while the under is 14-5 in their last 19 road games. Ohio is 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a win while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Kent State is 9-3-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.

I’m a little surprised to see Ohio as a favorite here, even as the home team. Sure home court is weighted more in college sports than professional I think, but Kent State is the team in much better form ATS this season and have had a lot of success when they take on the Bobcats, so I’ll take the points with Kent State as I see the Golden Flashes having a good chance at the outright win.

Kent State +4

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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