Kent State Golden Flashes vs Northern Illinois Huskies Prediction, 3/1/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Kent State Golden Flashes vs Northern Illinois Huskies
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Location: NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL
The Kent State Golden Flashes (19-9) are en route to NIU Convocation Center on Tuesday where they will meet the Northern Illinois Huskies (8-20).
The Kent State Golden Flashes faced off with Central Michigan and earned the victory with a final of 73-71 in their last game. In reference to personal fouls, the Golden Flashes walked away with 20 and Central Michigan racked up 21 personal fouls. They buried 11 of 27 attempts from downtown. Central Michigan finished the game at 76.2% from the charity stripe by knocking down 16 of their 21 attempts. In addition, Central Michigan collected 29 boards (5 offensive, 24 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Central Michigan earned 13 dimes and had 6 steals in this contest. Concerning defense, Kent State allowed the other team to go 40.7% from the field on 22 of 54 shooting. They also doled out 7 assists in the game in addition to forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and getting 6 steals. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 40 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. When they shot from the free throw line, the Golden Flashes made 18 of 25 attempts for a percentage of 72.0%. Kent State walked away from the game with a 39.1% field goal percentage (25 out of 64) and buried 5 of their 27 shots from 3-point land.
Andrew Garcia is a guy who was a major contributor for this contest. He accounted for 21 points on 7 of 9 shooting. He was on the court for 34 mins played and also grabbed 10 rebounds. He walked away from this one shooting 77.8% from the field but didn't record an assist.
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Kent State heads into this game with a win-loss mark of 19-9 for the campaign. They average 71.6 points per game (166th in Division 1) while hitting 44.2% from the field. The Golden Flashes are hitting 33.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (214 of 644) and 75.0% from the free throw line. As a team, Kent State is grabbing 35.9 rebounds per contest and has 350 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 224th in the country in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 12.3 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Golden Flashes are forcing 13.8 turnovers every game while drawing 17.4 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 105th in the country in giving up assists with 327 relinquished for the campaign. The Golden Flashes defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.3% (610 of 1,514) and they relinquish 32.0 boards per game as a squad. They surrender 31.1% from 3-point land and they rank 43rd in college hoops in opponents PPG (64.4).
The last time they took the court, the Northern Illinois Huskies took a defeat with a final score of 70-60 against Buffalo. The Huskies were able to snag 27 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 34 for the contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while recording 3 steals in this matchup. Buffalo was called for 15 fouls in this matchup which took the Huskies to the charity stripe for 14 attempts. They were able to knock down 11 of those for a rate of 78.6%. When it comes to shots from beyond the arc, Northern Illinois converted 5 of 17 tries (29.4%). In all, the Huskies finished the game shooting 22 out of 60 from the floor which had them at 36.7%. The Huskies allowed Buffalo to convert 23 of 66 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 34.8% in the game. They went 36.0% from three-point range by shooting 9 out of 25 and walked away from this one shooting 15 out of 23 at the free throw line (65.2%). In the matter of attacking the glass, Northern Illinois allowed Buffalo to get 46 in total (16 on the offensive side).
Trendon Hankerson was important for the Huskies for this game. He knocked down 8 of 16 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and earned 6 rebounds. He totaled 21 points in his 39 minutes on the hardwood and had 3 assists for the matchup.
Northern Illinois has a mark of 8-20 for the campaign. As an offensive unit, the Huskies are hitting on 42.0% from the floor, which is 285th in D-1. Northern Illinois has accumulated 1,810 points so far this season (64.6 per contest) and they pull in 32.1 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 11.4 times per contest (298th in the nation) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.7 times per contest. The Huskies are committing 20.3 fouls every game and they go 67.2% from the free throw line.
The Northern Illinois defense allows 33.0% on three-point shots (184 of 557) and their opponents are converting on 72.4% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 13.4 assists and 36.5 boards per contest, which ranks them 248th and 291st in college basketball. The Huskies on the defensive end are ranked 264th in college basketball in PPG given up with 72.4. They are forcing 13.7 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.1% from the floor (287th in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kent State
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