Kent State Golden Flashes vs Ohio Bobcats Prediction, 1/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kent State Golden Flashes vs Ohio Bobcats
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: Convocation Center (OH) in Athens, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Kent State (+2)
The Ohio Bobcats (7-5) host the Kent State Golden Flashes (5-3) at Convocation Center (OH) on Saturday. Ohio opens this matchup as 2-point favorites. The O/U opens at 153.5.
Kent State will enter this game with a record of 5-3 for the campaign. They are losing possession via turnover 13.9 times per game and as a squad they commit 18.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Kent State is grabbing 41.4 boards per contest and has accumulated 121 assists for the year, which has them ranked 225th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Golden Flashes are shooting 32.7% on 3-point shots (71 of 217) and 72.6% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 80.5 pts per game (41st in Division 1) while hitting 46.3% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Golden Flashes are forcing 14.6 turnovers every game while drawing 14.9 fouls. They are giving up 31.1% from 3-point land and they are 117th in D-1 in points per game allowed (67.5). The Golden Flashes are allowing a shooting percentage of 38.7% (176 of 455) and they concede 33.1 boards per game as a squad. They rank 71st in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 94 surrendered on the year.
The Kent State Golden Flashes faced the Central Michigan Chippewas and took home the win by a score of 94-85 in their last contest. Kent State finished the game having earned a 49.2% FG percentage (30 of 61) and buried 7 of their 21 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Golden Flashes knocked down 27 of their 34 attempts for a percentage of 79.4%. In terms of pulling down rebounds, they earned 34 with 12 of them being offensive. They also doled out 17 assists in this game in addition to earning 10 steals and 3 blocks. In regard to defense, Kent State allowed 49.2% from the floor on 30 of 61 shooting. Central Michigan doled out 12 dimes and had 10 steals for this game. Additionally, the Chippewas grabbed 32 rebounds (13 offensive, 19 defensive) and got 3 blocked shots. Central Michigan shot 70.7% when shooting free throws by burying 29 of 41 attempts. They also made 4 of their 11 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Danny Pippen is someone who was a factor in this matchup. He accumulated 28 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35 mins played and snagged 11 rebounds. Pippen shot 50.0% from the floor and also recorded 4 assists. An additional guy that came through in this game for the Golden Flashes was Mike Nuga. He totaled 7 rebounds and collected 2 assists. He finished shooting 46.2% from the field in this matchup by connecting on 6-of-13 (18 points). When this game wrapped up, Nuga was on the hardwood for 35 min.
Ohio has a mark of 7-5 on the season. As an offensive unit, the Bobcats are connecting on 49.0% from the floor, which ranks 41st in college hoops. Ohio has totaled 958 pts for the campaign (79.8 per contest) and they pull in 32.8 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 17.9 times per game (18th in the nation) and they turn it over 12.0 times per contest. The Bobcats have committed 16.0 fouls per game while shooting 67.4% from the free throw line. The Bobcats on the defensive end are ranked 244th in Division 1 in points allowed per contest with 73.3. The Ohio defense gives up 35.6% on shots from behind the 3-point line (94 of 264) and their opponents are making 77.9% of their foul shots. They relinquish 14.3 assists and 32.8 boards per contest, which ranks 261st and 85th in those defensive categories. They are forcing 14.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 45.2% from the floor (256th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Ohio Bobcats took home the win by a final score of 78-61 against the Miami RedHawks. The Bobcats snagged 25 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive boards totaling 28 in this game. They also stuffed 2 shots while recording 5 steals in the matchup. The RedHawks committed 8 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Bobcats to the free throw line for a total of 5 shots. They were able to make 5 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 100.0%. When talking about shooting from 3-point land, Ohio converted 11 out of their 23 attempts (47.8%). When the game finished, the Bobcats walked away from this one shooting 31 for 54 from the floor which had them shooting 57.4%. The Bobcats permitted the RedHawks to make 23 out of their 57 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 40.4% in this contest. They finished 34.8% from distance by shooting 8 of 23 and finished the game at 7 of 10 at the free throw line (70.0%). When it comes to rebounding, Ohio allowed Miami to pull down 26 overall (8 offensive).
Ben Roderick ended up being a major contributor for the Bobcats for the contest. He made 7 of 11 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 63.6%, which gave him 20 points. Roderick snagged 2 rebounds in his 32 mins played and had 3 assists for the contest. Someone else that was pivotal for Ohio was Ben Vander Plas. He left the arena with 15 points in 35 minutes played via 6 out of 12 from the floor in this contest. Plas ended up shooting 50.0% from the field as well as collecting 7 assists and 8 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Ohio (-2)
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