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Western Michigan vs. Kent State - 1/31/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kent State at Western Michigan
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
University Arena
Kalamazoo, Michigan
The Line
Western Michigan Broncos +3
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Kent State Golden Flashes and the Western Michigan Broncos will meet up on the college basketball court Thursday.

Kent State enters this game with a 15-5 mark on the year. Following three straight wins over Ohio, Northern Illinois and Toledo, the Flashes fell in their last appearance versus Buffalo.

In the loss to the Bulls, Kent State’s Jaylin Walker led the team on 21 points with eight rebounds. Philip Whittington doubled up in that one for the Flashes on 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Jalen Avery added 13 points.

Over on the Western Michigan side, they’re 6-14 on the season. The Broncos have dropped their last seven games, falling to Akron, Kent State, Toledo, Buffalo, Bowling Green, Ohio and Eastern Michigan in that stretch.

In the loss to the Eagles, Western Michigan’s only double-digit scorer was Seth Dugan, who doubled up on 29 points, 10 rebonds and three assists. Michael Flowers and Kawanise Wilkins each added seven points for the Broncos there, with 13 combined rebounds.

Kent State is 4-0-1 ATS in their last five Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games versus a team with a losing home record. The over is 5-2 in the Flashes’ last seven overall and 5-2 in their last seven versus the MAC.

Meanwhile, the Broncos are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 versus the MAC and 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 home games. WMU is 1-4-1 ATS in their last six Thursday games and the over is 5-1 in their last six overall.

This one is a make-up from a postponed game Tuesday, and both teams will come in relatively well-rested.

Looking a little closer, Kent State played solid ball in the first half against Buffalo and went into the break on a 44-43 lead but couldn’t keep up afterward. The Flashes will need that momentum  coming in, and they’ll also be able to draw from their 88-73 win over WMU on January 8.

Although the Broncos have put up a couple of decent offensive performances in their last few games, they’re overmatched here. I’m sticking with Kent State on the cover in this one.

Pick:
Kent State Golden Flashes -3

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