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Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 4:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Kent State Golden Flashes vs Western Michigan Broncos

Where: University Arena, Kalamazoo, MI

When: Saturday, January 18, 4:00 PM. ET.

The Western Michigan Broncos will be trying to snap their three-game losing streak when they take on the Kent State Golden Flashes on Saturday afternoon.

Golden Flashes Going For Fourth Win In Five Games

The Golden Flashes had their three-game winning streak snapped by Miami (OH) in their last game and will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Broncos, which will give them their fourth win in their last five games.

Kent State has played well offensively, averaging 79.9 points per game. The team is shooting 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range. They finished with 74 points in their last game and will need to keep playing well offensively to give themselves a chance to win this game.

Troy Simons led the way for the Golden Flashes with 24 points and three rebounds. Anthony Roberts finished with 19 points and two rebounds, while Danny Pippen added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Golden Flashes.

Kent State has also played well defensively, holding opponents to 68.8 points per game. They gave up 74 points in their last game and will need to do a better job defensively if they want to pick up the win.

Broncos Going For Second Win In Six Games

The Broncos have struggled over the past couple of weeks and have lost four of their last five games. They will be trying to snap their three-game losing streak and pick up their second win in their last six games when they take on the Golden Flashes.

Western Michigan has struggled offensively, averaging 68.1 points per game. The team is shooting 39 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range. They finished with 82 points in their last game and will need to keep playing well offensively if they want to get past Kent State.

Michael Flowers led the way for the Broncos with 28 points and four rebounds. Brandon Johnson finished with 18 points and six rebounds, while B. Artis White added 14 points and three assists for the Broncos.

Western Michigan has also struggled defensively, holding opponents to 75.1 points per game. They gave up 85 points in their last game and will need to play significantly better if they want to pick up the win.

Best Bets for this Game

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The Broncos haven’t played well on the defensive end, giving up 75.1 points per game. They have given up 79.2 points per game in their last five games and will struggle against the Golden Flashes, who are averaging 79.9 points per game. Western Michigan will also struggle to keep up with Kent State offensively with the team averaging 68.1 points per game and the Golden Flashes holding opponents to 68.8 points per game. Kent State also does a better job rebounding the ball, averaging 37.1 rebounds per game while the Broncos average 33.7 rebounds per game. With 27 percent of their rebounds coming on the offensive end, the Golden Flashes will have more second-chance scoring opportunities in this game, making them the best bet.

Prediction: Kent State Golden Flashes

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The Golden Flashes are averaging 79.9 points per game and will likely go over their season average against the Broncos, who are giving up 79.2 points per game in their last five games. Even though the Broncos are averaging 68.1 points per game, they too will go over their season average against the Golden Flashes because they have played better in recent games, averaging 71.7 points per game in their last four games. With the Broncos and Golden Flashes going over the total in four of their last six games, the over makes the most sense here.

Prediction: Over

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The Golden Flashes will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Broncos in the first half of their last three games, averaging 31.3 points per game while the Broncos average 29.7 points per game.

Prediction: Kent State Golden Flashes

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The Golden Flashes and Broncos are averaging 61 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will stay under the first-half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

 

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.