Kent State Golden Flashes (12-13 SU, 9-10-1 ATS, 11-9 O/U) vs. Buffalo Bulls (18-7 SU, 11-8-3 ATS, 14-8 O/U)
NCAAB: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. EST
The Kent State Golden Flashes will be hoping to halt a three-game losing streak when they visit the Buffalo Bulls at UB Alumni Arena on Tuesday night. Kent State is coming off consecutive setbacks against Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, and Ball State. The Bulls had won two in a row before falling in overtime at Northern Illinois this past Saturday.
Walker on a roll
Kent State took care of business at home against Buffalo 82-79 earlier this season, but it was not without a scare. The Golden Flashes trailed by as many as 18 points before rallying to hand the Bulls their first Mid-American Conference loss of the 2017-18 campaign on Jan. 30. Danny Pippen led Kent State with 21 points, and he was followed in double-figures by Adonis De La Rosa (20 points), Jaylin Walker (15), and Jalen Avery (14). Walker, a junior guard, leads the team in scoring (17.3 ppg) and he reached double-figures for the ninth consecutive game when KSU lost to Ball State 87-68 last Friday. He has 1,088 career points, good for 25th in program history. Walker has made at least one three-pointer in every contest this season and ranks seventh in total threes (179) in school history.
The Golden Flashes are generally stout on the defensive end, as they rank fifth in the MAC in scoring defense (73.6) and in conference-only games. But Kent State struggled in that department against Buffalo earlier this season and also against Ball State last Friday. In giving up 87 points to the Cardinals, the Golden Flashes saw a 15-game winning streak in the head-to-head series come to an end.
Buffalo is coming off a 90-88 overtime loss at Northern Illinois last Saturday. It was not for a lack of offense, as the Bulls drained nine more three-pointers to given them 246 on the season. That is already good for second-most in school history and they are easily on pace to break the record of 263–which was set just recently in 2015-16 during the first season under current head coach Nate Oats. Junior Nick Perkins moved into 16th place in school history with 1,071 career points, while fellow junior C.J. Massinburg is one spot ahead of him in 15th. Buffalo stands at 23rd in the entire nation in scoring offense at 83.7 points per game. The Bulls are averaging an even more impressive 86.5 points per game against conference competition and they have poured in at least 82 points in 10 of 12 outings against MAC foes this season.
Sophomore Davonta Jordan is providing some newfound support for Perkins and Massinburg. As a freshman, Jordan averaged just 2.5 points per game last year. This season, though, he is averaging 7.6 points per game. Through the first 24 contests, Jordan has 190 total points–more than double the 76 he scored all of last year. He has successfully dialed long distance on 16 occasions–14 times more than he did in all of 2016-17.
The Kent State Golden Flashes are:
- 5-1 Over in their last six overall
- 5-1 Over in their last six games against the Mid-American Conference
- 4-0 Over in their last four games against teams with winning percentages over .600
The Buffalo Bulls are:
- 4-0 Over in their last four overall
- 4-1 Over in their last five home games
- 4-1 Over in their last five home games against teams with losing road records
For Kent State, Pippen continued his solid form with 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting against Ball State last week. The Golden Flashes are fifth in the MAC in shooting percentage at 43.8. They may have to be even better in order to keep up with Buffalo’s high-powered attack. The over is 5-1 in the Golden Flashes’ last six overall, 5-1 in their last six against the Mid-American Conference, 4-0 in their last four against opponents with winning percentages over .600, and 4-1 in their last five following a loss. It is also 4-0 in the Bulls’ last four overall, 4-1 in their last five at home, 4-1 in their last five at home against opponents with losing road records, and 4-0 in their last four against the Mid-American Conference. Look for this one to go over the total.