Ball State Cardinals vs Kent State Golden Flashes Prediction, 2/22/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Ball State Cardinals vs Kent State Golden Flashes
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Location: M.A.C. Center in Kent, OH
The Kent State Golden Flashes (17-9) welcome the Ball State Cardinals (12-14) at M.A.C. Center on Tuesday.
The Ball State Cardinals played Bowling Green and went home with a win by a final score of 91-82 in their last contest. When it comes to fouls, the Cardinals ended up with 19 while Bowling Green totaled 24 fouls. They made 5 of 25 shots from distance. Bowling Green finished 70.4% when shooting free throws by burying 19 of their 27 attempts. Furthermore, Bowling Green collected 34 rebounds (10 offensive, 24 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Bowling Green earned 13 assists and had 8 steals in the matchup. In terms of defense, Ball State allowed the other team to shoot 43.3% from the floor on 29 out of 67 shooting. They also recorded 15 dimes for this contest in addition to creating 16 turnovers and getting 10 steals. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they earned 39 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Cardinals knocked down 25 of 31 attempts for a rate of 80.6%. Ball State finished with a 44.4% FG percentage (28 of 63) and made 10 of their 26 shots from downtown.
Tyler Cochran is a guy who played a role in this game. He accounted for 16 points on 5 out of 11 shooting. He played for 34 mins and totaled 6 boards. He finished shooting 45.5% from the field and also totaled 4 assists.
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Ball State enters this game with a mark of 12-14 for the campaign. They are averaging 75.2 points per contest (78th in Division 1) while going 44.6% from the field. The Cardinals are shooting 36.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (222 of 614) and 69.1% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Ball State is snagging 35.5 boards per contest and has 346 assists so far this season, which is 183rd in the country in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.2 times per game and as a group they commit 18.1 fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the Cardinals are forcing their opponents into 12.7 turnovers per game and they draw 20.0 fouls. They surrender 35.8% on 3-point shots while they are 334th in the country in opponents PPG (77.1). The Cardinals defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 44.8% (702 of 1,568) and they surrender 36.3 rebounds per game as a squad. They currently rank 224th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 346 relinquished so far this season.
When they last played, the Kent State Golden Flashes took home the win by a final score of 75-52 when they played Ohio. Regarding cleaning up the glass, Kent State allowed Ohio to get 28 in total (9 on the offensive glass). They went 17.9% from downtown by hitting 5 of 28 and walked away from this one shooting 23 of 33 at the charity stripe (69.7%). The Golden Flashes permitted Ohio to make 12 of their 52 tries from the floor which left them shooting 23.1% in this contest. When the final whistle blew, the Golden Flashes finished the game shooting 26 for 50 from the field which had them shooting 52.0%. When discussing shots from distance, Kent State made 8 of 17 attempts (47.1%). They were able to bury 15 of the free throw tries for a clip of 78.9%. Ohio was called for 15 fouls for this contest which took the Golden Flashes to the free throw line for a total of 19 attempts. They also gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while getting 5 steals in this matchup. The Golden Flashes earned 35 defensive boards and 3 offensive boards totaling 38 for this game.
Giovanni Santiago pitched in for the Golden Flashes for the contest. He converted 4 of 8 for the game for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and had 2 rebounds. He scored 14 points in his 26 mins on the court and had 1 assist for this contest.
Kent State has a win-loss record of 17-9 this season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Golden Flashes are shooting 44.2% from the field, which is 179th in college hoops. Kent State has accounted for 1,838 pts so far this year (70.7 per contest) and they collect 35.9 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 12.3 times per contest (235th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 12.5 times per contest. The Golden Flashes commit 18.3 fouls every game and they shoot 75.2% from the free throw line.
The Kent State defense gives up 29.8% on 3-pointers (184 of 617) and their opposition makes 69.8% of their foul shots. They allow 11.4 dimes and 32.1 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 78th and 64th in college basketball. The Golden Flashes on defense are ranked 35th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 63.5. They are forcing 13.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 39.7% from the field (25th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Ball State
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