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Western Michigan vs. Kent State - 2/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kent State at Western Michigan
Date & Time Thursday February 14, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Location
University Arena at Read Fieldhouse
Kalamazoo, MI
The Line
Kent State Golden Flashes -2.5 -- Over/Under: 147
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Kent State Golden Flashes and the Western Michigan Broncos meet in college basketball MAC-tion from the University Arena in Read Fieldhouse on Thursday evening.

The Kent State Golden Flashes will look to put some consistent play together down the stretch after splitting their last 4 games following a 72-53 loss to Akron in their last time out. Antonio Williams led the Golden Flashes with 12 points while Jaylin Walker added 10 points on a disappointing 4 of 19 shooting, including 0 of 10 from 3-point range as the only other Kent State player to score in double figures in the losing effort. C.J. Williamson added 7 points and a team-high 6 rebounds as well in the loss. Walker still leads the Golden Flashes in scoring with 22.4 points per game while Philip Whittington leads Kent State in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds per game and Jalen Avery leads the Golden Flashes in assists with 3.7 helpers per game this season. As a team, Kent State is averaging 75.9 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line this season.

The Western Michigan Broncos desperately need a win after losing 10 straight and 13 of their last 14 games following a 79-59 loss to Ball State in their last outing. Seth Dugan led the Broncos with 17 points on 8 of 12 shooting with a game-high 12 rebounds for the double-double while Michael Flowers added 15 points and a team-high 3 assists. Josh Davis added 14 points with 6 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Western Michigan in the losing effort. Flowers leads Western Michigan with an average of 16.4 points and 3.3 assists per game while Dugan leads the Broncos in rebounding with 9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Western Michigan is averaging 70.7 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 32.5% from behind the 3-point line and 70.2% from the foul line this season.

Kent State is 4-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a losing home record while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. Western Michigan is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 home games while the over is 13-3-1 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record. Kent State is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

This line kind of feels like a trap, but if it is, and it backfires then so be it. We only have to lay a bucket to fade a Western Michigan team that’s lost 10 in a row and has been brutal for the majority of conference play with a Golden Flashes team that will most likely have a better shooting night from Jaylin Walker. Home court hasn’t been much of an advantage for Western Michigan dating back to last season, and I think Kent State adds to the Broncos’ misery with a win and cover on the road in this one.

Pick:
Kent State -2.5

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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