Betting on today’s Chippewas and Golden Flashes game? Catch the action at MAC Center in Kent, OH, as the Golden Flashes hosts this showdown at 3:30 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this Mid-American conference contest is set at 135.5 points, with Kent State being favored by -9 at home against Central Michigan.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS VS KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Central Michigan Chippewas +9

This game will be played at MAC Center at 3:30 ET on Saturday, March 2nd.

WHY BET THE CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Golden Flashes.
  • Even though we have Kent State winning straight-up, we like Central Michigan at +9.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can the Chippewas Pull Off a Road Win?

Central Michigan enters this game as a 9-point underdog. They have an overall record of 16-12 and have lost two straight games, including their most recent contest against Ball State by a score of 79-71. The Chippewas are 9-5 in Mid-American Conference play and have gone 7-7 in non-conference action.

On the road, Central Michigan is 7-9 this season, and they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 road games. For the year, their average scoring margin on the road is -11.8 points per game, compared to +5.4 at home.

As the underdog, Central Michigan has gone 8-9 vs. the spread this season and is 1-2 in their last three road games vs. the spread. Overall, the Chippewas have an ATS mark of 14-12 this year.

Central Michigan’s over/under record this year is 10-15-1 and the average scoring total in their games is 136.8 points. Today’s over/under line of 135.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (140.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 139 points and their OU record during this stretch is 2-1. On the season, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line.

In their recent game, the Chippewas’ offense concluded with 71 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 66.6 points per contest. The team’s top scorer is Anthony Pritchard, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 13.5, while Brian Taylor also carries a PPG average of 11.3 into the game.

At this time, the Chippewas’ defense is positioned 119th in the country, permitting 70.4 points per game. In their most recent game, the Central Michigan defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Ball State knocked down 10 three-pointers on their way to 79 points.

Will Kent State Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?

Kent State will be the favorite in this game, as they have been the favorite in 19 of their 28 games this season. They have gone 10-9 in those games, and they are 14-14 overall.

At home, the Golden Flashes are 7-6, and they have won three straight games. Their average scoring margin at home is +5.9, and they are 6-4 in their last 10 home games.

As the favorite, Kent State has gone just 7-12 against the spread this season. Their home ATS mark sits at 4-9 and their ATS record over their last 10 home games is 2-7. Over their last three games at home, the Golden Flashes are 1-2 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 135.5 is lower than the season-long average over/under line of 144.3. So far, 19 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

In their latest game, Kent State offense put up 76 points against Buffalo. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 45.5% and made 10 threes. In terms of offense, the Golden Flashes have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, putting them 214th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 106th in percentage and 95th in three-pointers made.

On the defensive side, Kent State is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 71.7 points per game. In their most recent game, the Kent State defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Buffalo knocked down 10 three-pointers on their way to 64 points.