The Golden Flashes and Bobcats are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bobcats will host the game at Convocation Center (OH) in Athens, OH. The odds for this Mid-American conference game currently have Ohio as the -3 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 148 points.

KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES VS OHIO BOBCATS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Ohio Bobcats -3

This game will be played at Convocation Center (OH) at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, February 20th.

WHY BET THE OHIO BOBCATS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Bobcats.
  • Not only will Ohio pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 148 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can the Kent State Offense Score Enough on the Road?

After a blowout win over Northern Illinois, Kent State is now 13-12 overall and 6-6 in Mid-American Conference play. The Golden Flashes have gone 5-6 on the road this season and are 2-3 as underdogs.

Over their last 10 road games, Kent State has gone 5-5, and they are 3-2 in their last five. On the season, the Golden Flashes’ average scoring margin on the road is -0.5 points per game.

When looking at Kent State’s ATS record this season, they are currently 9-14. On the road, the Golden Flashes have gone 5-6 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Kent State has gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Kent State games is 14-9. The average scoring total in their games this year is 148.6 points, which is higher than today’s over/under line of 148. So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. However, over their last three games, the average scoring total is just 134 points.

Kent State recently showcased a strong offensive performance, scoring 85 points against Northern Illinois. This output exceeded their season average of 76.8 points per game. Jalen Sullinger is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 14.6. Meanwhile, Chris Payton also brings a PPG average of 12.8 into the game.

On the defensive side, Kent State is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 71.9 points per game. Against Northern Illinois, the Golden Flashes’ defense gave up 47 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Northern Illinois only made 9 free-throws.

Will the Bobcats Make it Happen at Home?

Ohio is 10-5 at home this season and has won its last five games at home. The Bobcats are favored by three points today and are 11-8 this season when favored. So far, Ohio has gone 7-5 in Mid-American Conference play compared to 6-7 in non-conference games.

Coming into today’s game, Ohio has lost two straight games, including its most recent game against Toledo, 85-83. On the season, the Bobcats are 13-12, and they have a scoring margin of +6.6 points per game at home.

As the favorite this season, Ohio has gone 9-10 vs. the spread. However, they have been much better as the favorite recently, going 3-0 ATS at home and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as the favorite. Overall, the Bobcats are 8-7 vs. the spread at home this year and 11-13 ATS for the season.

So far this season, the over/under record for Ohio games sits at 13-11. The average scoring total in their games is 152.5 points, which is slightly higher than the average over/under line of 150.3. Over their last three games, the OU record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those contests is 172 points.

In their previous game, the Bobcats’ offense finished with 83 points, which is right in line with their current average of 79 points per contest. In terms of offense, the Bobcats have a season-long field goal percentage of 46%, putting them 113rd in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 73rd in percentage and 42nd in three-pointers made.

On defense, Ohio is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 72.9 points per game. The Ohio defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 85 points and allowed Toledo to connect on 8 threes.