The Bobcats and Golden Flashes are set to face off at 6:30 ET on CBSS. The Golden Flashes will host the game at MAC Center in Kent, OH. This Mid-American conference matchup has an over/under of 149.5 points, and Kent State is favored to win by -3 at home vs. Ohio.

OHIO BOBCATS VS KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Kent State Golden Flashes -3

This game will be played at MAC Center at 6:30 ET on Friday, January 26th.

WHY BET THE KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Golden Flashes.
  • Not only will Kent State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 149.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Do the Bobcats Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?

Ohio has struggled on the road this season, going 0-5 with an average scoring margin of -4.8 points per game. They have lost five straight games on the road and are 2-8 in their last 10 games away from home.

Overall, the Bobcats are 9-10 on the season and 3-4 in Mid-American Conference play. They are coming off a 67-58 loss to Akron and have gone 0-3 in their last three road games.

As the underdog this season, Ohio has an ATS record of 0-2 and an overall mark of 6-12. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bobcats are 4-5-1 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS record is 0-5 this year and 3-7 in their last 10 road games.

Ohio’s over/under record for the season is 9-9, and the average scoring total in their games is 149.9. The average over/under line in their games is 149.9, so their games have matched the average line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 137 points, and their OU record during this stretch is 1-2. For their last five games, the average scoring total is 145 points, and their OU record is 3-2. Over their last 10 games, the average scoring total is 145 points, and their OU record is 4-5.

Ohio offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 58 points against Akron. In that game, they made 6/21 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 38.9%. Shereef Mitchell was the leading scorer for the Bobcats, putting up 14 points. In addition, Jaylin Hunter contributed 11 points.

At this time, the Bobcats’ defense is positioned 141st in the country, permitting 71.3 points per game. Ohio will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Akron to just 41% shooting in their most recent game.

Will the Golden Flashes Make it Happen at Home?

With a record of 10-9, Kent State is 4-4 at home this season, and they will be looking to get back on track after losing their last two games. So far, they have been favored in 13 of their 19 games, going 6-7 in those matchups.

On the season, Kent State has an average scoring margin of +4.5 at home, and their record in Mid-American Conference action is 2-4.

As the favorite this season, Kent State has gone just 5-8 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 3-7 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS record is 3-5 this season and 3-5 over their last 10 home games. In their last 3 home games, they are 1-2 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 149.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Kent State’s games this season (143.8). Their over/under record this year is 12-4. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 160 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 7-3.

Coming off their recent game, the Kent State offense tallied 71 points in a matchup against Akron. Their field goal percentage for the game was 40.4%, and they made 9 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Jalen Sullinger, who holds an average of 15.2 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Chris Payton is averaging 13.9 points per game this season.

At present, the Golden Flashes’ defense is nationally ranked 219th, allowing 74.6 points per game. Against Akron in their most recent game, the Kent State defense gave up a total of 77 points while allowing Akron to hit 40% of their shots.