Kent State Golden Flashes vs Ohio Bobcats Prediction, 1/7/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Kent State Golden Flashes vs Ohio Bobcats
Date: Friday, January 7, 2022
Location: Convocation Center (OH) in Athens, OH
Convocation Center (OH) is the location where the Ohio Bobcats (11-2) will take on the Kent State Golden Flashes (7-6) on Friday.
The Kent State Golden Flashes took the court against Ball State and earned the victory with a final of 66-65 in their last contest. When it comes to personal fouls, the Golden Flashes walked away with 18 and Ball State recorded 18 personal fouls. They also knocked down 9 of their 29 tries from 3-point range. Ball State went 80.0% when shooting free throws by burying 12 of 15 tries. Additionally, Ball State snagged 35 rebounds (5 offensive, 30 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Ball State recorded 10 dimes and had 3 steals for this contest. In regard to defense, Kent State let their opponent shoot 40.0% from the field on 22 out of 55 shooting. They also doled out 11 dimes in this matchup in addition to forcing the opposition into 12 turnovers and having 8 steals. With respect to hauling in boards, they earned 32 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Golden Flashes converted 13 of 19 attempts for a percentage of 68.4%. Kent State ended the contest having earned a 41.7% field goal percentage (25 of 60) and made 3 of their 18 three-point shots.
Sincere Carry is one player who was important in this contest. He walked away from this one shooting 52.6% from the field and totaled 6 dimes. He played 40 minutes and grabbed 7 rebounds. He totaled 26 points on 10 of 19 shooting.
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Kent State comes into this matchup with a record of 7-6 for the season. They are losing possession via turnover 12.2 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 17.5 fouls per game. As a team, Kent State is pulling in 35.4 boards per contest and has racked up 168 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 213th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Golden Flashes are connecting on 30.5% on 3-point shots (96 of 315) and 80.0% from the free throw line. They average 69.7 pts per game (235th in D-1) while going 42.6% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Golden Flashes are forcing their opponents into 14.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.6 fouls. They are 89th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 144 relinquished so far this season. The Golden Flashes defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 39.5% (279 of 707) and they concede 33.0 boards per contest as a unit. They are relinquishing 29.3% on 3-pointers while they are 58th in college basketball in points per game allowed (62.5).
In their last game, the Ohio Bobcats got the win with a final of 69-63 when they played Akron. In regard to team rebounding, Ohio allowed Akron to grab 29 in all (7 offensive). They finished shooting 37.0% from 3-point land by shooting 10 out of 27 and finished the game at 9 out of 17 at the free throw line (52.9%). The Bobcats allowed Akron to convert 22 of 56 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 39.3% for this game. When the final whistle blew, the Bobcats finished shooting 26 for 52 from the field which had them shooting 50.0%. With regard to three-point shots, Ohio buried 8 of 20 attempts (40.0%). They were able to bury 9 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 90.0%. Akron was called for 11 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Bobcats to the free throw line for 10 tries. They gave up possession of the ball 8 times, while getting 4 steals in this matchup. The Bobcats were able to pull down 29 defensive boards and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 32 for the contest.
Mark Sears was important for the Bobcats for the game. He knocked down 8 of 14 in this game for a field goal rate of 57.1%, and had 8 rebounds. He tallied 24 points in his 38 mins on the court and tallied 5 assists in this matchup.
Ohio has a win-loss record of 11-2 for the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Bobcats are shooting 42.4% from the floor, which ranks them 274th in the nation. Ohio has accounted for 936 points this season (72.0 per game) and they collect 33.8 rebounds per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.2 times per game (196th in D-1) and they cough up possession 11.0 times per contest. The Bobcats commit 13.0 personal fouls every game and they connect on 78.4% from the free throw line.
The Ohio defense concedes 31.5% on shots from 3-point land (86 of 273) and opponents are connecting on 77.0% of their free throw shots. They allow 11.8 assists and 34.4 total boards per game, which ranks 126th and 168th in the country. The Bobcats are ranked 93rd in the nation in PPG given up with 64.8. They are forcing their opponents into 15.8 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.8% from the field (256th in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Ohio
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