Western Michigan Broncos vs Kent State Golden Flashes Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Western Michigan Broncos vs Kent State Golden Flashes
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: M.A.C. Center in Kent, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Western Michigan (+11)
M.A.C. Center is the venue where and the Kent State Golden Flashes (3-3) will play the Western Michigan Broncos (2-6) on Saturday. Western Michigan opens this game as 11-point underdogs. The O/U opens at 137.
Western Michigan enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 2-6 so far this season. They are averaging 63.5 points per outing (316th in the nation) on 43.5% from the floor. The Broncos are hitting 32.5% on three-point attempts (49 of 151) and 64.2% from the free throw line. As a team, Western Michigan is grabbing 35.1 boards per game and has 89 assists on the season, which is 265th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 14.4 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 16.4 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Broncos are forcing their opponents into 11.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.3 personal fouls. They are ranked 82nd in college basketball in giving up assists with 83 conceded for the year. The Broncos defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 41.0% (197 of 480) and they surrender 34.5 boards per contest as a basketball team. They surrender 29.3% on shots from distance and they are 97th in college hoops in points per game allowed (66.5).
The Western Michigan Broncos stepped onto the hardwood against the Toledo Rockets and ended up losing by a score of 70-59 in their last contest. Western Michigan finished having earned a 39.7% field goal percentage (23 of 58) and made 5 out of their 27 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Broncos made 8 of 11 shots for a percentage of 72.7%. Concerning rebounding, they compiled a total of 35 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 10 assists for the contest as well as getting 3 steals and 3 blocks. When discussing defending, Western Michigan allowed their opponent to shoot 39.7% from the floor on 23 of 58 shooting. Toledo totaled 12 dimes and had 6 steals for this game. In addition, the Rockets collected 35 boards (10 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. Toledo finished the game shooting 80.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 12 of 15 attempts. They converted 8 of 31 tries from three-point range.
B. Artis White is one guy who was a major contributor for the contest. He accumulated 17 points on 7 out of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 35 minutes and also snagged 4 boards. White ended up shooting 43.8% from the field and recorded 2 dimes. Another guy that came through in this game for the Broncos was Titus Wright. He totaled 5 boards and totaled 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 75.0% from the floor in this game by connecting on 6-of-8 (15 points). When the final whistle blew, Wright was on the court for 25 minutes.
Kent State has a mark of 3-3 for the year. Kent State has totaled 470 pts for the year (78.3 per contest) and they snag 43.2 boards per contest. The Golden Flashes have committed 17.5 fouls per game and they connect on 70.7% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Golden Flashes are shooting 45.3% from the field, which ranks them 147th in the nation. They are dishing out assists 15.7 times per game (71st in the country) and they lose possession via turnover 13.7 times per contest. The Golden Flashes defensively are ranked 101st in D-1 in points allowed per game with 66.8. They are forcing their opponents into 13.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 37.6% from the field (16th in college basketball). The Kent State defense surrenders 32.3% on 3-point shots (51 of 158) and their opposition makes 75.0% of their foul shots. They surrender 12.2 assists and 33.2 rebounds per game, which ranks them 137th and 87th in those categories.
For their last game, the Kent State Golden Flashes went home defeated by a final of 84-82 when they played the Toledo Rockets. The Golden Flashes were able to snag 25 defensive boards and 20 offensive boards totaling 45 for the matchup. They turned away 8 tries while getting 3 steals for the contest. The Rockets had 11 personal fouls for the game which took the Golden Flashes to the charity stripe for 14 shots. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 78.6%. When it comes to shooting from 3-point land, Kent State made 13 out of their 31 tries (41.9%). Overall, the Golden Flashes went 29 out of 68 from the field which had them sitting at 42.6%. The Golden Flashes allowed the Rockets to knock down 30 out of 64 tries from the floor which had them shooting 46.9% in the matchup. They went 46.4% from 3-point land by going 13 of 28 and ended up going 11 out of 16 from the free throw line (68.8%). In the matter of rebounds, Kent State permitted Toledo to pull down 22 overall (6 on the offensive glass).
Danny Pippen ended up being a factor for the Golden Flashes in the matchup. He converted 12 of 23 in this game giving him a rate of 52.2%, which earned him 34 points. Pippen collected 16 boards in his 35 mins and added 2 dimes in this matchup. One more player that played a role for Kent State was Mike Nuga. He ended up scoring 18 points in his 38 minutes played via 7 out of 16 from the floor in the matchup. Nuga ended up shooting 43.8% from the floor as well as totaling 2 dimes and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kent State (-11)
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