The Buffalo Bulls will host the Kent State Golden Flashes in a MAC showdown Friday night from the Alumni Arena. The Golden Flashes dropped a 76-69 decision to Northern Illinois in their previous action, and the Bulls posted a 90-79 home win against on Tuesday night. Buffalo topped Kent State in both meetings last season.
Kent State Upset by Northern Illinois
The Kent State Golden Flashes are looking to snap a three-game losing streak in this one. They started conference play with a 3-0 record and have fallen to 3-3. Kent State was a nine-point favorite in a surprising 66-57 home loss to Northern Illinois on Tuesday night. Their offense has been stumbling recently.
Antonio Williams wasn’t at his best in Tuesday’s defeat, sinking 13 points on a 4 for 10 mark from the field. Overall, the senior guard is having a productive season and is averaging 14.1 PPG on 51% shooting. Danny Pippen is attempting several three’s and is 6 for 19 from deep in his last three games. The junior forward is also amassing several rebounds and enters this one averaging 13.6 PPG and 6.7 RPG. Troy Simons has struggled with his shot in his last few games. The senior guard has scored at least 12 points in four out of his last five games and owns an average of 12.7 PPG on a 41% efficiency from the field.
2H 2:52 | NIU 66, Kent State 59— Kent State Men's Basketball (@KentStMBB) January 22, 2020
Antonio Williams blows by the defenders! pic.twitter.com/97lRuYkuhY
The Golden Flashes are currently positioned 117th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and hold a 3-4 record on the road. Kent State is scoring an average of 78.5 points on the season, ranking them 31st in the country. They are allowing an average of 69.1 points, placing them 185th overall.
Buffalo's Powerhouse Offense Key in Four-Game Winning Streak
The red-hot Buffalo Bulls continue to climb the MAC standings. They enter this one riding a four-game winning streak including a 90-79 home win against Western Michigan on Tuesday to cover the 10 point spread. Buffalo is now 4-2 in MAC play and continues to shine offensively.
Jayvon Graves is playing well and has now reached 20 points in two out of his last four games. which included a 23 effort on Tuesday night. The junior guard is the Bulls go-to guy offensively and he has increased his season average to 16.6 PPG and 4.9 RPG. Davonte Jordan only scored three points in Tuesday’s winning effort. Overall, the senior guard is a complete player and holds an average of 12.3 points along with 5.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. Antwain Johnson is hot, scoring at least 18 points in two out of his last three games. The senior guard is now posting 10.8 PPG.
The Bulls are currently ranked 147th in all of DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and stand at 7-3 at home. Buffalo is consistently piling on the points and have lifted their season average to 80.3 points, good for 19th in the country. They are allowing an average of 76.3 points, positioning them down at 323rd overall.
The Kent State Golden Flashes are:
- 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
The top supporting rends found on donbest.com are: The Buffalo Bulls are:
- 37-18-4 in their last 59 home games against a team with a losing road record.