Kent State (9-7 SU; 9-6 ATS) @ Western Michigan (5-10 SU; 7-7 ATS)
Time: 2 PM ET
Venue: University Arena (MI)
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Spread: Western Michigan -1.5
Kent State travels to Kalamazoo, Michigan Saturday afternoon to clash in a MAC battle with Western Michigan. The visitors commenced conference play 1-2, while the hosts also sit at 1-2. One team’s going to rise to .500, while the other will fall to .333 in the MAC Standings. Catch the action on ESPN3, starting at two o’clock eastern time.
News Flash: Golden Flashes aren’t so golden
Kent State limps into Kalamazoo, Michigan Saturday afternoon, losers of two straight: 85-67 at Ohio and 74-70 OT versus Northern Illinois. The Golden Flashes aren’t lighting it up in the MAC (1-2), or on the road in general (1-3). Road losses occurred at: Northeastern (73-70), Oregon State (69-50) and Ohio (85-67). Their lone road win came against the struggling Texas Longhorns (63-58). Kent State sits at 236th in the RPI Rankings, and they posses the 286th rated strength of schedule thus far. The Ohio-based team’s lone bright spot has been Jimmy Hall (16.8 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game). He’s one of only a handful of college players’ averaging a double-double this year. A monumental effort will be needed from him for the Golden Flashes to get another elusive road victory in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Broncos buck the Rockets
Western Michigan blasted the favored Toledo Rockets last time out at home, 90-74. It snapped a two-game skid in which the Broncos accrued losses at: Ohio (89-58) and Akron (66-59). WMU also sits at 1-2 in MAC play, but they’ve look more impressive throughout the process juxtaposed with Kent State. Thomas Wilder (16.5 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game and 3.4 assists per game) and Tucker Haymond (12.8 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game and 3.3 assists per game) run the ship for the Broncos. There’s no doubt this Broncos team has tested themselves in their non-conference slate, as their strength of schedule rates amongst the Top-100 in the nation. Their eagerness to play stiffer competition should bode well for them throughout MAC play, as they’ll rarely see an opponent the caliber of which they faced earlier in the season.
- Golden Flashes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Mid-American.
- Golden Flashes are 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 road games.
- Golden Flashes are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Golden Flashes are 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Broncos are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Broncos are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games.
- Broncos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Broncos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Broncos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
Take the small home chalk here. MAC games tend to go the way of the home team, and Western Michigan is the better team. The Broncos are more battle tested, having played teams like UCLA and Villanova. Actually, Western Michigan surprisingly gave both Top-5 teams a run for their money. It’s surprising this line is so low, so get it while the price is still optimal. Expect Western Michigan to take this one comfortably.