Kent State Golden Flashes vs Toledo Rockets Prediction, 1/23/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kent State Golden Flashes vs Toledo Rockets
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Location: Savage Arena in Toledo, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Kent State (+6)
Savage Arena is the venue where and the Toledo Rockets (12-4) will play the Kent State Golden Flashes (7-3) on Saturday. The odds on this contest have Toledo as 6-point favorites. The O/U opens at 155.
Kent State comes into this contest with a win-loss record of 7-3 for the campaign. They are turning it over 14.0 times per game and as a team are committing 17.8 fouls per game. As a unit, Kent State is pulling down 41.3 rebounds per game and has earned 154 assists for the year, which is 189th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Golden Flashes are shooting 33.2% on shots from downtown (84 of 253) and 75.0% from the free throw line. They have an average of 81.7 points per game (27th in the nation) while connecting on 47.2% from the floor. Defensively, the Golden Flashes are forcing 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 15.9 fouls. The Golden Flashes are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 39.8% (235 of 591) and they concede 32.7 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 95th in Division 1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 127 surrendered on the year. They surrender 31.9% on 3-point shots and they are 175th in college basketball in PPG allowed (70.0).
The Kent State Golden Flashes faced the Buffalo Bulls and earned the victory with a final of 84-81 in their last game. Kent State ended with a 44.6% field goal percentage (29 out of 65) and converted 4 of their 11 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Golden Flashes converted 22 of 24 attempts for a rate of 91.7%. When talking about grabbing boards, they collected 36 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 15 assists for this game while having 8 steals and 2 blocks. In regard to defense, Kent State allowed 44.6% from the field on 29 of 65 shooting. Buffalo recorded 13 dimes and had 8 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Bulls collected 39 rebounds (17 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Buffalo ended up shooting 64.7% from the free throw line by making 11 of 17 tries. They made 6 of 22 shots from distance.
Mike Nuga is a guy who was a factor in this contest. He left the arena with 23 points on 7 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 mins and also totaled 3 boards. Nuga shot 53.8% from the field and totaled 3 assists. One more player that was a major factor in the matchup for the Golden Flashes was Justyn Hamilton. He had 2 rebounds and totaled 2 dimes. He ended up going 58.3% from the field for the matchup by connecting on 7-of-12 (16 points). When the game finished, Hamilton was on the court for 34 min.
Toledo has a win-loss record of 12-4 so far this year. Toledo has totaled 1,281 points on the season (80.1 per contest) and they collect 37.9 boards per game. The Rockets are committing 15.6 personal fouls per game and they connect on 76.5% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Rockets are shooting 44.4% from the field, which ranks 177th in college basketball. They are getting an assist 17.0 times per contest (31st in the nation) and they turn it over 11.4 times per contest. The Rockets on defense are ranked 176th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 70.1. They have surrendered 12.6 dimes and 36.3 boards on a nightly basis, which is 157th and 231st in college hoops. The Toledo defense surrenders 28.6% on shots from 3-point land (112 of 391) and opponents are knocking down 73.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing 13.2 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.7% from the field (164th in the country).
The last time they took the court, the Toledo Rockets got the victory with a final of 89-72 when they played the Central Michigan Chippewas. The Rockets were able to corral 23 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 in this contest. They also rejected 8 tries while recording 8 steals for the game. The Chippewas had 17 fouls for this contest which got the Rockets to the free throw line for 19 attempts. They were able to bury 14 of the free throws for a rate of 73.7%. Regarding 3-pointers, Toledo buried 9 out of their 29 tries (31.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Rockets shot 33 out of 68 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.5%. The Rockets permitted the Chippewas to convert 29 out of their 75 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 38.7% for the matchup. They finished 16.0% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 4 of 25 and ended up going 10 of 12 from the free throw line (83.3%). In regard to rebounding, Toledo permitted Central Michigan to snag 40 overall (18 offensive).
Ryan Rollins ended up being a major contributor for the Rockets in the matchup. He made 11 of 14 in the game for a field goal rate of 78.6%, which gave him 25 points. Rollins collected 7 rebounds in his 32 mins played and had 4 assists in this contest. One more player that was pivotal for Toledo was Marreon Jackson. He notched 15 points in his 34 minutes on the court via 5 of 13 from the floor for this contest. Jackson ended the game having shot 38.5% from the field while contributing 9 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toledo (-6)
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