Kent State Golden Flashes vs Central Michigan Chippewas Prediction, 1/12/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kent State Golden Flashes vs Central Michigan Chippewas
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Location: McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Kent State (-5.5)
The Central Michigan Chippewas (5-6) play the Kent State Golden Flashes (4-3) at McGuirk Arena on Tuesday. Kent State opens this matchup as 5.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 153.
Kent State heads into this matchup with a mark of 4-3 for the campaign. They currently have an average of 78.6 points per game (70th in the country) while connecting on 45.9% from the field. The Golden Flashes are shooting 32.7% on three-point shots (64 of 196) and 69.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Kent State is pulling down 42.3 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 104 dimes this season, which has them ranked 253rd in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 13.7 times per game and as a team they commit 17.3 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Golden Flashes are able to force 14.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 13.7 fouls. They rank 56th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 82 relinquished so far this season. The Golden Flashes are allowing a field goal percentage of 37.8% (150 of 397) and they surrender 32.4 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They concede 30.7% on shots from distance and they are 69th in college hoops in opponents points per game (65.0).
The Kent State Golden Flashes took the court against the Western Michigan Broncos and earned the victory with a final of 80-54 in their last game. Kent State ended with a 50.0% field goal percentage (33 out of 66) and made 9 of 31 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Golden Flashes knocked down 5 of 8 shots for a rate of 62.5%. In relation to pulling down boards, they compiled a total of 35 with 12 of them being offensive. They also dished out 10 assists for the contest as well as earning 9 steals and 2 rejections. With respect to defending, Kent State allowed the other team to go 50.0% from the floor on 33 out of 66 shooting. Western Michigan recorded 9 dimes and had 5 steals for the game. Additionally, the Broncos grabbed 24 rebounds (7 offensive, 17 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Western Michigan walked away from this one shooting 66.7% at the free throw line by converting 10 of their 15 tries. They also knocked down 4 of their 21 tries from distance.
Mike Nuga is a guy who was a major contributor in the matchup. He notched 26 points on 10 out of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 35 mins played and also collected 5 rebounds. Nuga finished the game at 52.6% from the field and recorded 2 dimes. One more player that was a contributor in the game for the Golden Flashes was Giovanni Santiago. He had 2 boards and also accounted for 3 dimes. He finished the game shooting 66.7% from the field for the matchup by hitting 4-of-6 (13 points). Overall, Santiago saw the court for 28 min.
Central Michigan has a mark of 5-6 for the year. The Chippewas have committed 17.7 personal fouls per game and they go 63.5% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 11.7 times per contest (276th in Division 1) and they cough up possession 13.3 times per contest. Central Michigan has scored 884 points for the year (80.4 per game) and they pull down 39.1 boards per game. As an offense, the Chippewas are shooting 45.6% from the field, which ranks 133rd in D-1. The Chippewas on defense are ranked 289th in college basketball in points given up per game with 76.2. They are forcing their opponents into 14.7 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 43.8% from the field (211th in college basketball). The Central Michigan defense allows 33.9% on 3-point attempts (93 of 274) and their opponents are knocking down 68.6% of their foul shots. They have given up 15.4 assists and 38.5 boards every game, which has them ranked 298th and 293rd in college basketball.
When they last stepped on the court, the Central Michigan Chippewas walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 93-65 against the Bowling Green Falcons. The Chippewas were able to corral 29 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive boards totaling 44 for this contest. They turned away 4 shots while getting 3 steals for the matchup. The Falcons were called for 25 fouls in the matchup which got the Chippewas to the charity stripe for 38 attempts. They were able to make 26 of the free throw tries for a clip of 68.4%. When discussing three-point shots, Central Michigan converted 3 of their 16 tries (18.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Chippewas finished the game shooting 18 out of 60 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 30.0%. The Chippewas permitted the Falcons to make 35 out of 80 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 43.8% for the game. They finished 41.4% from 3-point land by shooting 12 out of 29 and finished the contest at 11 of 17 from the free throw line (64.7%). Regarding rebounding, Central Michigan permitted Bowling Green to collect 48 in all (15 offensive).
Travon Broadway ended up having an impact for the Chippewas in this game. He knocked down 6 of 18 for this game for a rate of 33.3%, which got him 19 points. Broadway totaled 8 boards in his 31 mins played and added 2 dimes in this matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for Central Michigan was Meikkel Murray. He ended up finishing with 14 points in 29 minutes on the hardwood via 5 out of 10 shooting in this contest. Murray finished going 50.0% from the floor and also totaling 2 assists and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kent State (-5.5)
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