Kent State Golden Flashes vs Akron Zips Prediction, 2/11/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Kent State Golden Flashes vs Akron Zips
Date: Friday, February 11, 2022
Location: James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, OH
James A. Rhodes Arena is the location where the Akron Zips (16-6) will meet the Kent State Golden Flashes (14-9) on Friday.
The Kent State Golden Flashes faced Bowling Green and earned the victory with a final of 76-68 in their last game. With respect to fouls, the Golden Flashes finished with 19 and Bowling Green totaled 18 fouls. They made 9 of their 22 shots from 3-point land. Bowling Green went 65.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 13 of 20 tries. Additionally, Bowling Green pulled down 33 rebounds (7 offensive, 26 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Bowling Green doled out 11 dimes and had 11 steals for the matchup. Regarding defense, Kent State allowed the other team to go 36.5% from the floor on 23 out of 63 shooting. They also doled out 15 assists for this contest while forcing 16 turnovers and having 7 steals. In reference to getting rebounds, they earned 36 with 5 of them being offensive. At the free throw line, the Golden Flashes buried 8 of 15 attempts for a rate of 53.3%. Kent State walked away from the contest having earned a 50.0% FG percentage (28 of 56) and buried 12 out of their 26 shots from downtown.
Giovanni Santiago is someone who was a factor for the game. He ended up walking away with 18 points on 6 out of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 27 minutes and collected 2 rebounds. He went 60.0% from the field and also recorded 4 assists.
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Kent State heads into this one with a record of 14-9 on the year. They are averaging 70.7 pts per game (196th in D-1) while going 43.5% from the floor. The Golden Flashes are shooting 31.9% on 3-pointers (169 of 529) and 75.7% from the free throw line. As a unit, Kent State is grabbing 36.0 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 287 assists so far this year, which ranks 220th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They are losing possession via turnover 12.3 times per contest and as a group they commit 18.0 fouls every game.
Defensively, the Golden Flashes are forcing their opponents into 13.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.6 fouls. They are ranked 81st in college basketball in giving up assists with 255 conceded for the season. The Golden Flashes defense is allowing a FG percentage of 40.2% (504 of 1,253) and they surrender 32.3 boards per contest as a squad. They give up 30.0% on 3-point shots and they are 48th in college basketball in points per game allowed (64.1).
For their last game, the Akron Zips went home victorious with a score of 70-64 against Northern Illinois. With respect to rebounding, Akron allowed Northern Illinois to get 21 in all (4 on the offensive side). They went 38.9% from three-point range by shooting 7 out of 18 and ended up going 13 out of 15 from the free throw line (86.7%). The Zips allowed Northern Illinois to knock down 22 out of their 46 tries from the field which had them at 47.8% in the game. When this game wrapped up, the Zips ended up going 21 out of 40 from the floor which had them shooting 52.5%. In reference to shots from downtown, Akron knocked down 6 out of their 15 attempts (40.0%). They were able to convert 22 of the free throws for a clip of 84.6%. Northern Illinois was called for 20 personal fouls for this game which got the Zips to the charity stripe for a total of 26 tries. They also gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while recording 6 steals for the game. The Zips were able to snag 20 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards for a total of 25 for the contest.
Enrique Freeman ended up being a factor for the Zips in the matchup. He accumulated 21 points in his 32 minutes on the hardwood, but didn't record an assist. He buried 7 of 11 in this game for a rate of 63.6%, and had 13 rebounds.
Akron has a record of 16-6 so far this season. As an offense, the Zips are shooting 45.9% from the floor, which ranks them 85th in the nation. Akron has totaled 1,574 pts so far this season (71.5 per contest) and they average 36.1 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 12.2 times per game (245th in the country) and they are turning it over 11.8 times per game. The Zips are responsible for committing 15.7 fouls per game and they connect on 67.5% from the charity stripe.
The Zips on defense are ranked 29th in college basketball in points given up per game with 62.7. They are able to force 12.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.2% from the floor (140th in college hoops). The Akron defense surrenders 34.0% on shots from beyond the arc (143 of 420) and their opponents are making 71.4% of their free throw shots. They concede 9.3 assists and 30.6 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 7th and 21st in those categories on the defensive end.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Akron
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