The Golden Flashes and Zips are set to face off at 6:00 ET on CBSS. The Zips will host the game at James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, OH. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 137 points, and Akron is favored by -7.5 to win at home against Kent State.

KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES VS AKRON ZIPS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Kent State Golden Flashes +7.5

This game will be played at James A. Rhodes Arena at 6:00 ET on Friday, February 23rd.

WHY BET THE KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Zips.
  • Even though we have Akron winning straight-up, we like Kent State at +7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 137 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can the Golden Flashes Offense Score Enough in Akron?

On the season, Kent State has gone 13-13, including a 6-7 record in Mid-American Conference play. They have gone 5-7 on the road, and their average scoring margin in road games is -0.9 points per game. The Golden Flashes come into this game having lost two straight road games.

Over their last 10 games, Kent State has gone 4-6 on the road. In their most recent game, they lost to Ohio by a score of 63-57. On the year, they have been the underdog in six games, going 2-4 in those contests.

As the underdog this season, Kent State has gone 2-4 against the spread. Overall, the Golden Flashes are 9-15 vs. the spread this year. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-7, and over their last 10 road games, they are 4-6 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record in Kent State games is 14-10. So far, the average over/under line in their games is 144.6 and today’s line is 137. This year, 20 of their games have had a higher over/under line than today’s line of 137. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 132 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 4-6.

The Kent State offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 57 points versus Ohio. During the game, they attempted 24 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 31.7%. Jalen Sullinger is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 14.6 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Chris Payton brings a PPG average of 12.7 into the game.

At present, the Golden Flashes’ defense is nationally ranked 166th, allowing 71.6 points per game. So far, the Kent State defense is giving up an average of 7.6 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.9 times per game (592nd).

Is A Home Victory Likely for the Favored Zips?

Through 26 games this season, Akron has been the favorite in 16 of them, going 15-1 in those matchups. At home, the Zips have been even better, going 9-1, including a current eight-game winning streak.

Coming off a loss to Toledo, Akron will look to bounce back and improve on their 19-7 record. In their last 10 games at home, the Zips are 9-1.

As the favorite this season, Akron has a record of 9-7 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 7-3. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Zips have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Akron games is 8-16. Today’s over/under line of 137 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (141.9). In their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points, which is lower than today’s over/under line of 137.

Against Toledo, the Akron had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 74.7 points per game. They scored 64 points and posted a field goal percentage of 40.4% in the game. In terms of offense, the Zips have a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, putting them 158th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 218th in percentage and 91st in three-pointers made.

In the current season, the Akron defense has excelled, sitting 23rd in the nation by allowing 64.8 points per game. The Akron defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 72 points and allowed Toledo to connect on 8 threes.