MAC foes will collide when the Kent State Golden Flashes (17-9, 7-6 MAC) clash with the Buffalo Bulls (17-9, 8-5 MAC) at the Memorial A & C Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 21, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Buffalo Bulls at Kent State Golden Flashes Betting Preview
The Bulls were victorious over the Ball State Cardinals in their last outing, 72-59. Josh Mballa led Buffalo in scoring with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Buffalo dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a solid turnover percentage of 8.9 (better than their season average of 16.1) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.2 (below their season average of 36.2). Ball State was 19.4 and 17.9, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Golden Flashes’ last game, they were beaten by the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 70-49. Danny Pippen was Kent State’s leading scorer with 15 points on 4-for-12 shooting. Eastern Michigan had a free throw rate of 0.435 (above their season average of 0.269). Kent State, on the other hand, forced the Eagles into a turnover percentage of 21.2 (above the 17.8 mark opponents have averaged against Kent State this season).
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Kent State should have a noteworthy edge. The Golden Flashes defense ranks 86th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.470), while the Buffalo offense is ranked 199th in effective field goal percentage (0.495). Additionally, the Bulls rank 10th in offensive rebounding percentage (36.1 percent), while the Golden Flashes rank 302nd in defensive rebounding percentage (69.1 percent).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Golden Flashes won 70-66. Kent State did an excellent job of making free throws (8-8; 100.0 percent). Buffalo, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (41.5 vs. 36.4). Pippen was the game’s top overall scorer with 20 points.
Buffalo Bulls vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Kent State, ATS Winner – Kent State, O/U – Over
The Bulls average 15.3 assists per game, which ranks 30th in the nation. The Golden Flashes rank 121st in assists allowed per game (12.4).
Kent State ranks 51st in three pointers attempted per game (25.2) while Buffalo ranks 125th in three pointers allowed per game (21.1).
Buffalo ranks second in rebounds per game (42.8) while Kent State ranks 187th in rebounds allowed per game (35.8).
The Golden Flashes rank 24th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while the Bulls rank 179th (7.2).
Kent State ranks ninth in blocks allowed per game (2.2) while Buffalo ranks 157th (4.1).
The Golden Flashes have been outscored by an average of 3.2 points in their last five games. For the season, Kent State has defeated opponents by an average of 6.9 points.
During their last five games, the Bulls have scored an average of 71.8 points per game (6.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.0 points per game (8.0 below their season average).