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.
Cleveland State head coach Chris Kielsmeier joined the Dennis Gates Coach’s Show from his seat on the bus after the Vikings road win over Delaware State, which is their sixth in a row. #GoVikes #SafeTravels pic.twitter.com/OVKWy0dCXJ— Viking Athletics (@CSU_Athletics) December 3, 2019
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.
The Cleveland State Vikings are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 December games.
- 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games against the MAC.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The Kent State Golden Flashes are:
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 December games.