The Mid-American Conference Tourney battle between the Kent State Golden Flashes (20-12, 10-9 MAC) and the Ball State Cardinals (18-13, 11-7 MAC) will take place at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Kent State opened as a 1-point favorite, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 135 points. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Ball State Cardinals Odds Preview
In the Golden Flashes’ last contest, they were victorious over the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 86-76, covering as 8-point favorites. Danny Pippen led Kent State in scoring with 20 points on 4-for-9 shooting. Kent State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.357 (above their season average of 0.201) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.3 (above their season average of 30.8). Eastern Michigan had marks of 0.176 and 28.6, respectively, for those same stats. The two teams combined to put up 162 points, which came in well over the O/U total of 130.5.
The Cardinals come in on a high note after thoroughly outplaying the Northern Illinois Huskies in their last contest, 75-54, as 1.5-point underdogs. Ball State was lifted by Tahjai Teague, who was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points on 5-for-8 shooting. The Cardinals made 21 of their 24 free throws (87.5 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.628 (above their season average of 0.505). Combined, the two squads scored 129 points, which came in just over the projected point total of 126.5.
Kent State may have trouble getting to the free throw line in this contest. The Golden Flashes rank 258th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.206, while Ball State ranks 62nd in FTA rate allowed (0.193).
Of Kent State’s 30 games with betting action, 16 have finished over the O/U total, while 19 of Ball State’s 29 games have finished under the projected point total. Both teams have solid straight up (SU) records (20-12 for Kent State; 18-13 for Ball State), but the Cardinals hold a slight advantage against the spread (ATS). Ball State is 16-13 ATS, while the Golden Flashes are 15-14-1.
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Ball State Cardinals Free Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Ball State, ATS Winner – Ball State, O/U – Over
The Cardinals average 36.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 105th in the nation. The Golden Flashes rank 164th in rebounds allowed per game (35.2).
Kent State ranks 50th in blocks per game (4.1) while Ball State ranks 99th (3.4).
Ball State averages 27.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 22nd in the country. Kent State ranks 164th in three pointers allowed per game (21.8).
The Cardinals rank 12th in assists allowed per game (9.8) while the Golden Flashes rank 150th (12.6).
Kent State ranks 33rd in steals allowed per game (5.3) while Ball State ranks 123rd (6.3).
Ball State is 4-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Across its last five outings, Kent State is 4-1 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
The Cardinals’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 10.2, up from 7.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Golden Flashes have scored an average of 77.6 points per game (1.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.2 points per game (2.2 above their season average).