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#677 Cleveland State vs.
#678 Kent State
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Kent State Golden Flashes will host the Cleveland State Vikings in non-conference play Saturday night from the MAC Center. The Vikings were crushed 80-65 by Toledo in their previous tilt, and the Golden Flashes filed an easy 92-57 home win against Detroit on Tuesday night. Kent State posted an 83-79 home win against Cleveland State last season.

Vikings Three Game Winning Streak Evaporates

The Cleveland State Vikings enter this contest having won three out of their last four games overall. They had a three-game winning streak come to an end in a rough 80-65 home loss to Toledo on Tuesday night in a tilt that had the Vikings labeled as 13 point dogs. Cleveland State has been the underdog in all but one game this season.

Algevon Eichelberger leads the way offensively with 13 points along with 7.8 rebounds per game. The junior forward has earned two double-doubles on the year which included 12 points and 13 boards in Wednesday’s defeat. Tre Gomillion has reached 15 points in two out of his last three games. The sophomore guard has been one of the Vikings' best shooters, connecting on 49% of his field goals, and he is posting 9.7 PPG and 6.9 RPG. Craig Beaudion has increased his production as of late and has lifted his season average to 7.7 PPG.

The Vikings are currently positioned down at 319th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they hold a 1-3 road record. Cleveland State is stumbling in a big way offensively, averaging only 61.4 points, ranking them 332nd in the country. They are conceding an average of 71.7 points, placing them 247th overall.

Kent State Targets Third Straight Victory

The Kent State Golden Flashes continue to excel, winning two straight and seven out of their first eight games overall. Their only blemish was a 71-52 loss to #10 Ohio State. The Golden Flashes posted a decisive 92-57 home win over Detroit on Tuesday to cover the large 13 point spread.

Danny Pippen leads the way offensively with 14.6 PPG along with 7.5 RPG on the season. The 6-foot-9 junior forward tallied a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards in Tuesday’s victory and he has reached at least 17 points in three out of his last four games. Anthony Roberts is also looking good, netting a total of 30 points in his last two games. The sophomore guard is regularly contributing offensively and is averaging 13.6 points on 45% shooting. Antonio Williams scored 17 points in the defeat to Ohio State and 17 points in Monday’s win. The senior guard is logging 13.4 PPG.

The Golden Flashes are currently ranked 101st in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they have compiled a 5-0 home record. Kent State is averaging a solid 79.9 points, placing them 52nd in DI. The Golden Flashes are also playing good defense, holding opponents to 64.6 points, positioning them 102nd overall.

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I expect a convincing home victory from Kent State in this one. Kent State has won seven of their first eight games and they have completely demolished their competition recently. They beat Stetson by 24 points this past weekend, followed by a 92-57 win against Detroit on Tuesday, so I expect them to cover this spread against a poor opponent.

Furthermore, Cleveland State is an awful team that is struggling to generate any significant offense. They have only scored more than 65 points once this season, and they are not going to be able to keep up with a Golden Flashes team that is averaging just under 80 points on the season.

Prediction: Kent State Golden Flashes

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I am opting for the under in this one. Kent State is also playing stellar defense in their hot start. They are limiting opponents to 37% shooting, and the Vikings own a terrible 38% clip from the field. The under is 4-1 in Kent State’s last five games overall.

In addition, Cleveland State is recently starting to play better defense, and overall they actually feature good numbers on the defensive side. They have limited their opposition to 59 or fewer points in three out of their last four games overall, and opponents are only shooting 39.7% against them, plus the under has cashed in three of their four road games this season.

Prediction: Under

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The under on the Cleveland State team total available on PointsBet is a recommended prop. Cleveland State lacks offensive firepower and they continue to have trouble from deep, registering an abysmal 24% efficiency from three-point range which places them near the bottom in all of DI. Kent State has only allowed 53 and 57 points respectively in their last two games and they should neutralize the Vikings in this one.

Prediction: Cleveland State Team Total Under

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I expect a large lead at the half for Kent State. Cleveland State is only averaging 27 points in the opening half this season, while Kent State is logging 33.2 points. Moreover, the Vikings have been one of the worst teams in the first half where they are squandering an average of 37.1 points.

Prediction: Kent State
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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.