Looking to win big? The Golden Flashes and Chippewas face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Chippewas are hosting the game at McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, MI. The Golden Flashes come into this Mid-American conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 141.5 points.
KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES VS CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Central Michigan Chippewas +7
This game will be played at McGuirk Arena at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 13th.
WHY BET THE CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Chippewas.
- Not only will Central Michigan pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +7.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 141.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.
Can Kent State Deliver Being Favored on the Road?
Through 15 games, Kent State has an 8-7 overall record and is 1-1 in Mid-American Conference play. On the road, the Golden Flashes are 2-3 this season, and they have lost their last two games away from home.
So far, Kent State has been favored in nine of its 15 games, going 5-4 in those contests. The team’s average scoring margin on the road this year is -4.4 points per game.
As the favorite this season, Kent State has gone 4-5 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Golden Flashes have a 4-6 ATS record. On the road, Kent State is 2-3 ATS this year and just 3-7 ATS over their last 10 road games. In their last three road games, the Golden Flashes are 0-3 vs. the spread.
So far this season, the over/under record in Kent State games is 10-2. The average scoring total in their games is 154 points, which is 10.8 points higher than the average over/under line in their games (143.2). Today’s over/under line is 141.5. Over their last three games, the OU record is 2-1 and their last five games have finished with an average of 143 points.
In their previous game, the Golden Flashes’ offense finished with 75 points, which is right in line with their current average of 79 points per contest. Jalen Sullinger was the leading scorer for the Golden Flashes, putting up 21 points. In addition, Chris Payton contributed 15 points.
Kent State’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 73.6 points per game. In their most recent game, the Kent State defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Toledo knocked down 11 three-pointers on their way to 89 points.
No Pressure for Central Michigan as Home Dogs
Central Michigan will be looking to extend their two-game win streak when they host Kent State. So far this season, Central Michigan has gone 7-8, including a 2-1 record in Mid-American Conference play.
As the underdogs, Central Michigan has gone 3-6 this season. Their record at home is 2-2, and over their last 10 games at home, they are 4-6.
As the underdog this season, Central Michigan has gone 3-6 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS mark for the year is 6-8. At home, the Chippewas have a 2-2 ATS record and they are 1-1 vs. the spread in their last three games at home.
Central Michigan’s over/under record this season is 6-7-1, and today’s over/under line of 141.5 is similar to the average over/under line in its games this year (141.6). So far, the average scoring total in the Chippewas’ games is 140.1 points. This includes the average scoring total in their last three games (139 points).
The Central Michigan offense is coming off a game in which they scored 80 points vs. Eastern Michigan. Overall their field goal percentage was 61.2% while connecting on 11 threes. On the offensive front, the Chippewas have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, ranking 263rd nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 232nd in terms of percentage and 285th in three-pointers made.
At this time, the Chippewas’ defense is positioned 235th in the country, permitting 74.5 points per game. In their previous game vs. Eastern Michigan, the Eagles finished with a field goal percentage of 42% and a total of 64 points vs. Central Michigan.