Last Updated: 2017-03-06
The Kent State Golden Flashes welcome the Canisius Golden Griffins to Memorial A & C Center. The game begins at 7:00 pm ET on Saturday, Dec. 12.
The Golden Flashes beat Louisiana-Monroe 73-62 on Thursday. Kellon Thomas was the team’s high scorer with 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting. The Golden Griffins are coming off an 81-67 loss to Penn State on Thursday. Phil Valenti had a game-high 24 points.
Kent State is a seven-point favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at 156 points. For updated lines, check out BTB’s College Basketball Odds.
The Golden Flashes come into this game 6-2 Straight Up (SU) and 3-3 Against The Spread (ATS). Teams have a tough time keeping Kent State off of the offensive glass. They rank 27th in Division I in offensive rebounds. The Golden Flashes, sporting the 36th-best assist-to-turnover ratio in Division I (1.45), have proven themselves to be an extremely efficient offensive team.
Over on the other bench, Canisius has a SU record of 3-5 and an ATS record of 2-4-1. They sport the 27th-ranked scoring offense in the country, averaging 84.8 points per game. The Golden Griffins are an excellent long-range shooting team with 81 three-point shots made (10.0 per game), ranking 36th in Division I.
This game will be the first meeting for Kent State and Canisius in recent seasons.
Predictions: SU Winner – Can, ATS Winner – Can, O/U – Over
Canisius is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road.
Canisius is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Canisius’s last 5 games on the road.
Canisius is one of the top-scoring teams on the road, averaging 82.7 points per game (ranked 15th). Kent State, on the other hand, allows 66.0 points per home game (ranked 157th).
Ranked 49th, the Canisius Golden Griffins have an offensive rating of 114.8. The Kent State Golden Flashes rank 243rd with a defensive rating of just 104.9.
Kent State has an average field goal percentage of 43.6%. Canisius is an abysmal 1-5 when opponents have a similar or higher field goal percentage.
The Kent State Golden Flashes rank higher based on their field goal percentage (190th) than their effective field goal percentage (218th). The Canisius Golden Griffins rank higher based on their effective field goal percentage (171st) than their field goal percentage (225th).
Canisius ranks 52nd in assists, recording 16.4 per game. Kent State performs worse at 148th with 14.1 assists per game.
Kent State ranks 27th in offensive rebounding. Canisius ranks 326th in defensive rebounding.
Canisius makes 5.8 steals per game. In games where it allows 5 or more steals, Kent State is undefeated at 3-0.
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