It’s a battle of the Buckeye State on the hardwood as a pair of teams from the MAC take the floor. The Kent State Golden Flashes are on the road as they make the in-state trip to face the Ohio Bobcats Friday night. Kent State comes in off a 74-61 home win over Miami (OH) on Tuesday night in their last game. Ohio earned an 80-69 home win over Buffalo Tuesday night in their last game. The Bobcats lead the all-time series between the teams 92-53 but the Golden Flashes have taken the last three meetings. That includes an 87-72 home win in the most recent matchup on February 15.
Kent State Golden Flashes Look for Season SweepKent State comes in off a win in their last game after dropping four of their previous five contests. The Golden Flashes enter the team 18-10 overall and stand 8-7 in the MAC, putting them fourth in the East Division standings, four games behind Bowling Green. Kent State opened the season with five straight wins before losing to Ohio State. The team stood 10-3 as the calendar flipped to 2020 and has gone 8-7 since that point. Their best win of the season came in a one-point win over Akron at home on January 31 and look to pick up another conference win here.
2H 6:59 | Kent State 67, Miami 57— Kent State Men's Basketball (@KentStMBB) February 26, 2020
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The Golden Flashes put up an average of 76 points per game so far this season, putting them 51st in the nation in scoring offense. Kent State pulls down 35.8 rebounds per game while dishing out 13.8 assists a night. The Golden Flashes are average on the defensive end of the floor, ranking 176th in scoring defense by allowing 69.3 points a night. Danny Pippen is second on the team with 13.9 points plus 7.1 rebounds per contest this season. Antonio Williams (team-high 14.2 points, 3.6 assists), Troy Simons (12.9 points), Anthony Roberts (12.5 points) and Phillip Whittington (9.5 points, 6.2 rebounds) each are solid offensive options on the year. C.J. Williamson, Tervell Beck, Giovanni Santiago and Mitch Peterson are key role players for Rob Senderoff. Kent State shoots 45.4 percent from the floor as a team. The Golden Flashes connect on 8.6 three-pointers a night while shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc. Kent State is average at the free throw line as they are converting 72.2 percent as a team this season.
The KenPom metrics show that Kent State is above average on both ends of the floor this season. As it stands, the Golden Flashes are 124th in offensive efficiency and 160th in defensive efficiency this season. Kent State is 54th in effective field goal percentage (52.5 percent), 145th in turnover percentage (18.5 percent), 118th in three-point percentage and 36th in two-point shooting (53.2 percent) this season. The Golden Flashes are 119th in effective field goal percentage defense (48.2 percent), 50th in two-point field goal percentage (45.8 percent) and 69th in block percentage (11.1 percent) this season. Kent State is a pretty average team in tempo as they are 186th in pace with 68.1 possessions a night.
Ohio Bobcats Look to Earn Second Straight WinOhio evened their record on the season as they earned a home win over Buffalo in their last game. Coming into this game, the team is 14-14 overall and 6-9 in the MAC, leaving them fifth in the East Division standings. The Bobcats started the year 3-0, followed that with three straight losses and then won five of their next six to improve to 8-4 on the season. Ohio proceeded to drop eight of their next 10 games but has bounced back to win four of their last six. Their best win of the season came in the season opener as they beat St. Bonaventure on the road.
The Bobcats come into this game 181st in the nation in scoring offense with an average of 71.1 points per game. Ohio is struggling in the rebounding department as they collect 35.5 boards per contest and stand 86th by handing out 14.5 assists a night. The Bobcats are average defensively as they are 155th in the nation by holding opposing teams to 68.5 points a game. Jason Preston leads Ohio with 16.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest this season. Ben Vander Plas chips in 15.4 points plus 6.9 rebounds a night while Jordan Dartis contributes 13.2 points per contest. Lunden McDay, Sylvester Ogbonda, Nolan Foster and Nate Springs are other rotation pieces for Ohio looked to contribute solid minutes. The Bobcats are shooting 44.5 percent from the field so far this season. Ohio drills 8.5 three-pointers a night while sinking 34.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Bobcats are struggling at the charity stripe as they hit only 68.1 percent of their chances this season.
Looking at the numbers at KenPom.com, Ohio is heavily invested in perimeter shooting. The Bobcats get 36.1 percent of their points from three-point shots this season, putting them 57th in the nation in that regard. The Bobcats are 130th in three-point shooting this season and stand 110th in effective field goal percentage (50.9 percent) on the year. The Bobcats are average in offensive efficiency, ranking 177th, and stand just 200th in defensive efficiency this season. Ohio is a slower-paced team, ranked 167th in tempo with 68.5 possessions per game.
The top trends for this contest:
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- Bobcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games