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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Miami Ohio Redhawks will host the Kent State Golden Flashes in a MAC tilt Tuesday night from the Millet Hall. The Golden Flashes recorded a 79-73 home win over Central Michigan on Saturday, and the Redhawks dropped an 83-78 home decision to Buffalo last time out. Kent State topped Miami Ohio in both games last season.

Kent State Compiles 3-0 MAC Recrd

The Kent State Golden Flashes will look to keep their perfect MAC record intact in this one. Their offensive performance has propelled them to a 3-0 conference record which included a 79-73 home win against Central Michigan on Saturday in a game that had Kent State favored by 8.5 points.

Antonio Williams has played a big role in the Golden Flashes' success. The senior guard has scored over 20 points in two out of his last three games. Williams is consistently shooting above 50% in most games and is averaging 14.8 points on 51.9% shooting. Danny Pippen has now picked up three double-doubles on the season. The junior forward is struggling from three-point range that has resulted in a 40.9% field goal percentage, and he is posting 13.8 PPG. Troy Simons has earned at least 13 points in each of his last three games. The senior guard is scoring an average of 12.7 PPG.

The Golden Flashes are ranked 92nd in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and feature a 3-2 road record. Kent State is piling on the points in their current winning streak and they are averaging 80.3 points, placing them 21st in the country. They are holding opponents to 68.3 points, positioning them 168th overall.

Miami Ohio Still Searching for first MAC Victory

The Miami Ohio Redhawks are still hunting for that elusive first conference win of the season. They have lost all three MAC games due to poor defensive play. Their defensive woes continued in an 83-78 home loss to Buffalo on Friday night in a matchup that had the Redhawks as a one-point dog.

Nike Sibande has cooled off, netting only a combined 17 points in his last two games. The junior guard scored 22 points in the MAC opener, and he enters this one averaging 13.8 points along with 5.5 rebounds per game. Dalonte Brown is thriving, sinking a combined 38 points in his last two games. The junior forward is having a strong year, logging an average 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Mekhi Lairy was playing well prior to his last few games. The sophomore guard is still shooting a stellar 49% on the season, and he owns an average of 8.9 points.

The Redhawks are positioned down at 213th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and stand at 5-3 on their home court. Miami Ohio is scoring an average of 76.3 points, ranking them 77th overall. They are conceding an average of 72.7 points, placing them 269th in DI.

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I am selecting Kent State in this one. Kent State is one of the best teams in the entire MAC and they have won all three conference games. Miami Ohio is struggling, losing three straight games and this is a tough matchup for the Redhawks. Kent State is red-hot, sinking at least 79 points in three games in a row, and the Redhawks’ defense is stumbling, surrendering an average of 84 points in their three MAC games.

Furthermore, the Golden Flashes have won five out of their last six games overall and are playing with a ton of confidence. This is a game they should win by a wide margin.

Prediction: Kent State Golden Flashes

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This should be a high-scoring game. Kent State features significant scoring depth which has led to at least 79 points in five out of their last six games. They are also very effective from three-point range. The over is 6-2 in the Golden Flashes’ last eight games overall.

In addition, the Redhawks offense has been a bright spot this season. They have accrued 76 or more points in all three of their conference games and they are playing at a quicker pace with an average of 74.9 possessions in their last three games. The over is 4-1 in Kent State’s last five games against a team with a losing record and it should cash again.

Prediction: Over

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The over on the Kent State team total offered on PointsBet is a strong play. Kent State has five players averaging double-digits in points and Miami Ohio’s defense continues to be exploited. The Golden Flashes have converted on at least 43% of their three-point attempts in three straight games and the Redhawks stand down at 282nd in DI in three-point defense.

Prediction: Kent State Team Total Over

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I am taking the points with Miami Ohio on the halftime line. The Redhawks are piling on the points in the first half. They have averaged a remarkable 42 points in the opening half in their last three games. Moreover, Kent State’s defense has not been effective in the first half where they are allowing an average of 35 points.

Prediction: Miami Ohio
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.