Kent State on four game winning streakKent is 11-4 in the MAC, with two of their losses coming against Toledo and the other two coming to second-place Akron. Before beginning conference play this season, the Golden Flashes defeated non-Division 1 Point Park, Detroit, and Northern Kentucky. The Golden Flashes lone non-conference loss was 71-64 in overtime to No. 15 Virginia, as a big 21.5 point underdog.
Currently, the Golden Flashes have won four straight games. On Saturday, Kent State defeated Eastern Michigan 64-51 as a 14.5 point home favorite. Danny Pippen, a 6'9 senior, led the Golden Flashes with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists in the victory.
For the season, Kent State averages 78.9 ppg on the season and ranks 84th in adjusted offensive efficiency. Defensively Kent allows 69.9 ppg, ranking 105th in adjusted defensive efficiency. On the season, Pippen leads the team with 20.3 points and 8.9 rebounds, followed by 6'2 senior Mike Nuga with 17.8 ppg. Nuga has missed five games this season and has not played since January 30.
Ball State continues long streak of home gamesThe Ball State Cardinals have lost six of their last seven games, with their latest win coming on February 6, ironically as an 8.5 point dog to first-place Toledo. The Cardinals have now dropped their last two games, falling to Bowling Green 75-62 as a two-point dog last Tuesday, and 88-79 to Akron as a 4.5 point dog last Friday. Ishmael El-Amin led the Cardinals with 20 points in the loss to Akron. Prior to MAC play, the Cardinals lost to Northern Kentucky, Michigan, and Indiana State in non-conference play and defeated Illinois-Chicago and Illinois State.
For the season, Ball State averages 70.7 ppg on the season and ranks 216th in adjusted offensive efficiency. Defensively the Cardinals allow 73.8 ppg, ranking 131st in adjusted defensive efficiency. On the season, 6'3 senior K.J. Walton leads the team with 15.5 points and 5.6 rebounds, followed by 6'1 senior Ishmael El-Amin with 15.3 ppg.
- Golden Flashes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Cardinals are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.