Kent State Golden Flashes vs Xavier Musketeers Prediction, 11/12/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kent State Golden Flashes vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
The Xavier Musketeers (13-8 last year) will go up against the Kent State Golden Flashes (15-8 last season) at Cintas Center on Friday.
The Kent State Golden Flashes faced the Ohio Bobcats and ended up losing by a score of 85-63 in their last game. In regard to personal fouls, the Golden Flashes ended up walking away with 20 and the Bobcats recorded 19 personal fouls. They also converted 9 of their 18 tries from 3-point land. Ohio ended up going 66.7% at the charity stripe by burying 16 of their 24 shots. Furthermore, Ohio had 31 rebounds (7 offensive, 24 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Ohio doled out 15 dimes and had 8 steals in the game. When discussing defending, Kent State allowed the other team to shoot 58.8% from the floor on 30 of 51 shooting. They also recorded 11 dimes in this contest as well as forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and getting 7 steals. In regard to getting rebounds, they compiled 24 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Golden Flashes made 16 of their 20 tries for a percentage of 80.0%. Kent State ended the game having earned a 38.5% FG percentage (20 of 52) and knocked down 7 of 23 three-point shots.
Malique Jacobs is one guy who played a role in this game. He left the arena with 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting. He played for 37 minutes and also grabbed 3 boards. He finished the game shooting 46.2% from the field and also earned 3 assists.
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Kent State heads into this contest after finishing with a win-loss record of 15-8 last year. They averaged 76.7 points per game (54th in D-1) while hitting 44.3% from the field. The Golden Flashes shot 32.6% on shots from distance (185 of 567) and 77.8% from the charity stripe. As a basketball team, Kent State pulled in 39.1 rebounds per contest and racked up 330 assists last season, which had them ranked 152nd in D-1 in terms of passing. They lost possession by turning the ball over 13.6 times per contest and as a unit committed 17.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
When they were on the defensive end, the Golden Flashes were able to force their opponents into 13.0 turnovers every game while drawing 17.0 fouls. They surrendered 34.5% on shots from downtown and they were 200th in college basketball in points per game allowed (71.1). The Golden Flashes defensively allowed an opponent shooting percentage of 42.2% (585 of 1,385) and they surrendered 33.7 boards per contest as a unit. They were 143rd in college basketball in giving up assists with 294 relinquished last year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Xavier Musketeers took a defeat with a final score of 70-69 against the Butler Bulldogs. Regarding how they attacked the glass, Xavier allowed Butler to pull down 26 overall (8 offensive). They finished 40.9% from three-point range via 9 out of 22 and ended up going 9 out of 11 at the free throw line (81.8%). The Musketeers allowed the Bulldogs to bury 26 out of 60 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.3% for this contest. Overall, the Musketeers ended up going 28 for 60 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.7%. When it comes to 3-pointers, Xavier converted 9 of 22 tries (40.9%). They were able to bury 4 of the free throws for a rate of 66.7%. The Bulldogs were called for 11 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Musketeers to the free throw line for a total of 6 shots. They also turned the ball over 9 times, while recording 2 steals for the game. The Musketeers recorded 23 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 32 in this matchup.
Colby Jones ended up being a major contributor for the Musketeers in the game. He made 4 of 8 in this contest giving him a rate of 50.0%, and had 9 rebounds. He scored 10 points in his 39 minutes on the hardwood and added 4 assists for the game.
Xavier had a record of 13-8 last season. In terms of offensive execution, the Musketeers connected on 45.8% from the floor, which had them ranked 91st in the country. Xavier accounted for 1,571 pts last year (74.8 per game) and they collected 37.7 rebounds per game. They dished out assists 17.6 times per contest (7th in college hoops) and they turned the ball over 11.2 times per contest. The Musketeers committed 15.5 fouls per game and they went 69.4% from the charity stripe.
The Xavier defense surrendered 33.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (165 of 488) and opponents connected on 73.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquished 14.7 assists and 36.6 total boards per game, which was ranked 283rd and 253rd in the country. The Musketeers on defense were ranked 180th in college hoops in points allowed per game with 70.2. They forced 11.5 TO's every game and let teams shoot 41.3% from the field (63rd in D-1).
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kent State
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