Betting on today’s Zips and Golden Flashes game? Catch the action at MAC Center in Kent, OH, as the Golden Flashes hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPNU. This Mid-American conference matchup has an over/under of 142.5 points, and the Golden Flashes are favored to win at home vs. the Zips.


The Pick: Kent State Golden Flashes -1

This game will be played at MAC Center at 7:00 ET on Friday, January 19th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Golden Flashes.
  • Not only will Kent State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will Akron Pull Through as the Underdog Road Team?

After their 77-66 win over Western Michigan, Akron enters this game with a 13-4 record, including a perfect 5-0 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Zips have won five straight games, and they are 5-3 on the road this season.

So far, Akron has been the favorite in 10 of its 17 games, going a perfect 10-0 in those contests. As the underdog, the Zips have gone just 1-4.

As the underdog, Akron has gone 3-2 vs. the spread this season and has an overall ATS record of 8-7. On the road, the Zips are 4-4 ATS and 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 road games.

On the season, the over/under record for Akron games is 7-8, and today’s line of 142.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (141.3). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2, and the average scoring total in those games is 144 points.

The Zips’ offense finished with 77 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 77.1 points per contest. Enrique Freeman is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 18.4. Meanwhile, Sammy Hunter also brings a PPG average of 10.2 into the game.

Coming into today’s game, the Akron defense is giving up an average of 65.6 points per contest. Akron’s three-point defense is currently 68th in the country at 6.1 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.3% of their shots vs. Akron.

Do the Golden Flashes Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

At home this season, Kent State has gone 4-3, and they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home. So far, they have been favored in 12 of their 17 games, going 6-6 in those games. Their average scoring margin at home is +6.0 points per game, while their average scoring margin on the road is -4.0 points.

In their last game, the Golden Flashes beat Northern Illinois by a score of 83-76. So far this season, they have gone 9-8 overall and 2-3 in conference games. Their record in non-conference games is 7-5, and they are 3-5 on the road.

As the favorite, Kent State has gone just 5-7 vs. the spread this season, and their home ATS mark is just 3-4. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Golden Flashes are just 4-6 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Kent State games is 11-4, and the average scoring total in their games is 152.4 points. So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 142.5. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1, and the average scoring total in those games is 153 points.

The Golden Flashes’ offense finished with 83 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 78.2 points per contest. Leading Kent State in scoring vs. Northern Illinois was Voncameron Davis with his 23 points. Reggie Bass also added 23 points for the Golden Flashes.

Kent State’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 73.9 points per game. Against Northern Illinois in their most recent game, the Kent State defense gave up a total of 76 points while allowing Northern Illinois to hit 50% of their shots.