Kent State Golden Flashes vs Western Michigan Broncos Prediction, 2/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kent State Golden Flashes vs Western Michigan Broncos
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Location: University Arena in Kalamazoo, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Kent State (-9)
The Western Michigan Broncos (4-12) play the Kent State Golden Flashes (12-5) at University Arena on Tuesday. The line on this matchup has Kent State as 9-point favorites. The O/U opens at 139.
Kent State will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 12-5 on the campaign. The Golden Flashes are shooting 34.1% on shots from 3-point land (148 of 434) and 77.1% from the charity stripe. They average 79.9 points per contest (32nd in the nation) while hitting 45.3% from the field. They are turning it over 13.5 times per game and as a team they are committing 17.3 fouls per contest. As a unit, Kent State is pulling in 40.5 boards per game and is sitting with 261 dimes this season, which ranks 117th in D-1 in terms of passing. When they are on the defensive end, the Golden Flashes are forcing their opponents into 13.1 turnovers every game and they draw 16.9 personal fouls. They give up 33.0% from 3-point land while they are 204th in college hoops in PPG allowed (71.1). The Golden Flashes are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 41.0% (429 of 1,047) and they surrender 34.2 boards per contest as a unit. They are ranked 139th in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 211 surrendered this year.
The Kent State Golden Flashes faced off with the Northern Illinois Huskies and went home with a win by a final score of 80-58 in their last game. Kent State finished the game having earned a 42.6% FG percentage (26 of 61) and buried 11 of 26 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Golden Flashes buried 17 of 20 shots for a percentage of 85.0%. With regard to hauling in rebounds, they collected 36 with 11 of them being offensive. They also distributed 20 assists for the contest while earning 6 steals and 4 blocked shots. In the matter of defending, Kent State allowed 42.6% from the floor on 26 of 61 shooting. Northern Illinois distributed 10 assists and had 5 steals for the matchup. On top of that, the Huskies snagged 39 boards (16 offensive, 23 defensive) and earned 4 blocked shots. Northern Illinois finished the game shooting 42.1% from the free throw line by making 8 of 19 shots. They also converted 6 of 16 shots from 3-point range.
Malique Jacobs is one guy who played a role for this contest. He scored 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting. He was on the court for 24 minutes and snagged 3 boards. Jacobs ended up shooting 75.0% from the field and also earned 5 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in this matchup for the Golden Flashes was Justyn Hamilton. He totaled 6 boards and also earned 2 assists. He ended up going 62.5% from the field in this game by shooting 5-of-8 (12 points). When the game finished, Hamilton was on the court for 19 minutes.
Western Michigan has a mark of 4-12 on the year. Western Michigan has tallied 1,010 pts this season (63.1 per game) and they grab 33.7 rebounds per contest. The Broncos are responsible for committing 16.4 fouls per contest and they connect on 64.8% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Broncos are connecting on 43.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 233rd in college basketball. They are dishing out assists 11.6 times per contest (288th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.4 times per game. The Broncos on defense are ranked 211th in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 71.4. The Western Michigan defense allows 29.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (113 of 380) and their opponents are connecting on 72.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 11.3 assists and 35.8 boards per contest, which has them ranked 62nd and 223rd in those categories on the defensive end. They are forcing 10.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 43.4% from the floor (188th in college basketball).
In their last game, the Western Michigan Broncos went home defeated by a final of 86-54 against the Buffalo Bulls. The Broncos earned 24 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 30 in the game. They also turned away 2 shots while getting 7 steals for this game. The Bulls were called for 19 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Broncos to the charity stripe for 25 attempts. They were able to bury 13 of them for a percentage of 52.0%. In the matter of shooting from beyond the arc, Western Michigan made 5 out of their 16 attempts (31.3%). When all was said and done, the Broncos finished shooting 18 out of 52 from the floor which had them sitting at 34.6%. The Broncos allowed the Bulls to convert 33 out of their 71 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 46.5% in this matchup. They shot 29.6% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 8 of 27 and finished the game at 12 of 16 at the charity stripe (75.0%). In the matter of cleaning up the glass, Western Michigan allowed Buffalo to collect 47 in total (15 on the offensive glass).
B. Artis White ended up being a major contributor for the Broncos for this contest. He made 7 of 14 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 18 points. White collected 2 boards in his 31 mins and had 2 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy that was important for Western Michigan was Greg Lee. He notched 9 points in 26 minutes on the hardwood by going 4 out of 10 shooting for the contest. Lee walked away from this one going 40.0% from the field while earning 2 assists and 9 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Kent State (-9) and over 139 points
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