Toledo Rockets vs Kent State Golden Flashes Prediction, 1/5/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toledo Rockets vs Kent State Golden Flashes
Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Location: M.A.C. Center in Kent, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Toledo (-1.5)
The Toledo Rockets (8-3) head to M.A.C. Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Kent State Golden Flashes (3-2). Kent State opens this contest as 1.5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 146.
Toledo comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 8-3 so far this season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.0 times per game and as a squad they are committing 16.1 fouls every game. As a team, Toledo is pulling in 39.1 rebounds per contest and has totaled 171 dimes for the season, which is 26th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. The Rockets are shooting 37.2% on shots from distance (112 of 301) and 77.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 74.8 points per outing (137th in the nation) while hitting 41.2% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Rockets are able to force 13.1 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.6 personal fouls. The Rockets defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 42.5% (277 of 652) and they concede 35.5 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are 277th in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 133 surrendered on the year. They give up 26.1% on shots from downtown while they are 101st in college basketball in PPG allowed (66.5).
The Toledo Rockets played the Western Michigan Broncos and took home the win by a score of 70-59 in their last game. Toledo ended the contest with a 38.5% FG percentage (25 out of 65) and made 8 of their 31 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Rockets converted 12 of their 15 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. In regard to pulling down boards, they earned 35 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 12 assists in this matchup while earning 6 steals and 2 blocked shots. Pertaining to the defense, Toledo let their opponent shoot 38.5% from the field on 25 out of 65 shooting. Western Michigan recorded 10 dimes and had 3 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Broncos snagged 35 rebounds (10 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Western Michigan finished the game shooting 72.7% from the charity stripe by knocking down 8 of 11 tries. They converted 5 out of their 27 shots from distance.
Ryan Rollins is one guy who came through for this game. He ended up walking away with 20 points on 7 out of 14 shooting. He played 32 minutes and collected 4 rebounds. Rollins went 50.0% from the floor and also totaled 2 dimes. An additional guy that played a role in the game for the Rockets was JT Shumate. He collected 9 rebounds and tallied 2 dimes. He finished shooting 66.7% from the field for the matchup by connecting on 6-of-9 (16 points). When the game finished, Shumate was on the court for 31 min.
Kent State has a mark of 3-2 on the campaign. The Golden Flashes are committing 18.2 fouls per contest while shooting 68.9% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 15.4 times per game (79th in the country) and they are turning it over 13.6 times per contest. Kent State has accumulated 388 pts this year (77.6 per contest) and they pull down 42.6 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Golden Flashes are connecting on 45.8% from the floor, which is ranked 133rd in Division 1. The Golden Flashes are ranked 45th in Division 1 in points given up per game with 63.4. They have allowed 11.6 assists and 34.0 rebounds every game, which is ranked 105th and 125th in Division 1. The Kent State defense surrenders 29.2% on three-point shots (38 of 130) and opponents are knocking down 76.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 15.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 35.5% from the field (7th in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the court, the Kent State Golden Flashes took a loss by a final score of 66-62 against the Akron Zips. The Golden Flashes were able to snag 27 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards for a total of 39 for the matchup. They rejected 4 shots while recording 7 steals for this game. The Zips committed 19 fouls in this game which got the Golden Flashes to the charity stripe for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to make 9 of the free throw tries for a rate of 52.9%. When talking about three-point attempts, Kent State buried 5 of 23 tries (21.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Golden Flashes finished shooting 24 out of 63 from the field which had them sitting at 38.1%. The Golden Flashes allowed the Zips to convert 19 of 59 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 32.2% for the game. They finished 32.4% from 3-point land by shooting 11 out of 34 and finished the contest at 17 out of 22 from the free throw line (77.3%). In relation to rebounding, Kent State permitted Akron to snag 36 overall (8 offensive).
Mike Nuga ended up being a factor for the Golden Flashes for the contest. He made 8 out of 15 in the matchup giving him a rate of 53.3%, which had him finishing with 19 points. Nuga collected 8 boards in his 36 mins and had 2 assists for the contest. Another guy that played a role for Kent State was Danny Pippen. He finished with 16 points in his 32 minutes on the court by going 4 out of 12 shooting for this contest. Pippen ended the game having shot 33.3% from the floor in addition to totaling 2 assists and 9 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toledo (-1.5)
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