Last Updated: 2018-02-10
The Kent State Golden Flashes (12-12, 6-5 MAC), 6-point underdogs, will be at John E. Worthen Arena to clash with the Ball State Cardinals (15-9, 6-5 MAC) in a MAC matchup. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 144.5 points and action begins at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
Kent State Golden Flashes at Ball State Cardinals Betting Odds
In their last outing, the Cardinals edged the Bowling Green Falcons, 59-56, while the Golden Flashes fell to the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 71-67.
The Cardinals had a much better free throw rate (0.170 vs. 0.047) and held the Falcons to an effective field goal percentage of 0.414 (below their season average of 0.495). Kent State, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.9 (above their season average of 32.1). Tayler Persons played well for Ball State, recording 15 points and five assists. Danny Pippen, meanwhile played a pivotal role for Kent State with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Vegas has typically been fairly accurate when predicting totals of Golden Flashes games, with 10 overs compared to 9 unders. Kent State comes into the contest with records of 12-12 straight up (SU) and 9-9-1 against the spread (ATS).
Games including the Cardinals have typically gone under the total (61.1 percent). Ball State has a solid 15-9 SU record, but they are just 7-11 ATS.
Adonis De La Rosa has really been playing well recently for Kent State, averaging 15.6 points and 8.8 rebounds over the last five games.
In their first matchup this year, Pippen led the Golden Flashes to an 88-80 victory. He registered a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds. The two teams combined for 168 points, which was well over the projected point total of 147.5, and Kent State covered as a 2.5-point underdog. The Golden Flashes’ 15.1 turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Cardinals, who had a mark of 17.4.
Kent State Golden Flashes at Ball State Cardinals Betting Pick
Pick: SU Winner – Kent State, ATS Winner – Kent State, O/U – Over
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Ball State ranks 104th in assists per game (14.5) while Kent State ranks 228th (11.8).
The Golden Flashes average 22.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 140th in the NCAA. The Cardinals rank 194th in three pointers allowed per game (23.0).
Kent State ranks 135th in blocks per game (3.2) while Ball State ranks 150th in blocks allowed per game (3.9).
The Golden Flashes rank 132nd in rebounds per game (35.8) while the Cardinals rank 221st in rebounds allowed per game (36.6).
Kent State averages 6.1 steals per game, which ranks 133rd in the NCAA. Ball State ranks 204th in steals allowed per game (7.6).
Kent State is 3-7 ATS on the road, while Ball State is 2-5 ATS at home.
Of the Golden Flashes’ 10 road games, they have 6 unders and 4 overs.
In 7 home games, the Cardinals have 5 unders and 2 overs.
The Golden Flashes are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Cardinals are 1-4.
In their last five games, Kent State has 4 overs and 1 under, while Ball State has 3 unders and 2 overs.
During their last five games, the Golden Flashes have scored an average of 76.6 points per game (2.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 75.2 points per game (2.2 above their season average).
The Cardinals have been outscored by an average of 1.0 point in their last five games. For the season, Ball State has defeated opponents by an average of 0.6 points.