Kent State Golden Flashes vs Virginia Cavaliers Prediction, 12/4/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kent State Golden Flashes vs Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Friday, December 4, 2020
Location: John Paul Jones Center in Charlottesville, VA
TV: ACC Network
Odds/Point Spread: Kent State (+19)
The Virginia Cavaliers (2-1) host the Kent State Golden Flashes (1-0) at John Paul Jones Center on Friday. Virginia opens this game as 19-point favorites. The total opens at 126.
Kent State comes into this one with a mark of 1-0 so far this season. The Golden Flashes are shooting 17.2% on shots from 3-point land (5 of 29) and 64.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 90 points per contest (30th in the country) while hitting 46.8% from the floor. They turn the ball over 10 times per contest and as a team are committing 15 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Kent State is grabbing 55 rebounds per game and has 15 assists on the season, which ranks 253rd in D-1 in terms of passing. On defense, the Golden Flashes are able to force 24 turnovers per game while drawing 18 fouls. The Golden Flashes defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 28.3% (13 of 46) and they surrender 28 boards per game as a basketball team. They rank 6th in the country in allowing assists with 7 conceded this year. They are conceding 19.2% from 3-point land and they rank 1st in college hoops in points per game allowed (41).
The Kent State Golden Flashes stepped onto the hardwood against the Point Park Pioneers and notched a win by a score of 90-41 in their last game. Kent State walked away from the contest having earned a 46.8% FG percentage (37 out of 79) and converted 5 of 29 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Golden Flashes converted 11 of their 17 attempts for a percentage of 64.7%. Regarding pulling down rebounds, they collected 53 with 21 of them being offensive. They also doled out 15 dimes in this matchup as well as getting 13 steals and 6 rejections. In regard to defense, Kent State allowed the other team to shoot 46.8% from the field on 37 of 79. Point Park earned 7 dimes and 7 steals in the matchup. Moreover, the Pioneers pulled down 26 rebounds (5 offensive, 21 defensive) and earned 6 blocked shots. Point Park finished the game shooting 58.8% at the charity stripe by burying 10 of 17 tries. They made 5 of 26 tries from long range.
Danny Pippen is a guy who saw a lot of action for the matchup. He scored 13 points on 5 out of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 24 minutes and collected 6 rebounds. Pippen shot 35.7% from the field and also earned 3 dimes. One more player that came through in the matchup for the Golden Flashes was Mike Nuga. He had 5 rebounds and accounted for 2 assists. He went 50.0% from the field in this contest by hitting 7-of-14 (17 points). Overall, Nuga saw the court for 24 min.
Virginia has a mark of 2-1 this season. Virginia has scored 225 points on the year (75.0 per game) and they pull in 36.0 rebounds per contest. The Cavaliers are committing 13.7 personal fouls every game and they go 88.2% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Cavaliers are shooting 50.0% from the field, which has them ranked 120th in the nation. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 13.3 times per game (149th in Division 1) and they are turning it over 7.7 times per contest. The Cavaliers on defense are ranked 24th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 55.3. The Virginia defense gives up 39.7% on 3-pointers (27 of 68) and their opponents are making 67.7% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 11.0 dimes and 27.7 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 92nd and 18th in those defensive categories. They are forcing 9.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 37.6% from the floor (60th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Virginia Cavaliers went home victorious with a score of 76-51 when they played the Saint Francis Red Flash. The Cavaliers were able to pull down 29 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 38 for the game. They also rejected 3 shots while recording 5 steals for the game. The Red Flash committed 12 fouls in the game which got the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for a total of 12 attempts. They were able to make 11 of them for a rate of 91.7%. Pertaining to three-point shots, Virginia made 5 of 22 tries (22.7%). Overall, the Cavaliers shot 30 for 58 from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.7%. The Cavaliers allowed the Red Flash to convert 18 out of 50 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 36.0% in this contest. They shot 29.2% from three-point range by connecting on 7 of 24 and ended up shooting 8 of 13 at the free throw line (61.5%). In relation to how they rebounded, Virginia allowed Saint Francis to collect 21 overall (3 on the offensive glass).
Thomas Woldetensae ended up being a factor for the Cavaliers for this contest. He made 2 out of 5 in this game giving him a rate of 40.0%, which had him sitting at 8 points. Woldetensae snagged 3 rebounds in his 23 mins played and accumulated 4 assists in this contest. One more player that played a role for Virginia was Sam Hauser. He ended up finishing with 11 points in his 18 minutes played via 5 of 7 from the floor for the contest. Hauser walked away from this one going 71.4% from the field while contributing 2 assists and 6 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Virginia (-19) and under 126 points
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