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#875 Kent State 141 vs.
#876 Ohio U -1.5
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 6:30pm EST
Written by Chris Kubala

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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 Sweep

Kent 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.

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 Win

Ohio 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, 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.

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This one is going to be an interesting tilt as a lot of it will be based on how Ohio does from the outside. The Bobcats get a big chunk of their offensive production from the perimeter so having success out there really drives their offensive attack. In the first meeting, the Bobcats were eight of 23 from beyond the arc and turned the ball over 18 times. Ohio also allowed Kent State to drill 17 of 31 from three-point range in that contest en route to the victory. Itโ€™s hard to see the Golden Flashes having that success on the road. On Senior Night, the Bobcats ride the momentum of their home crowd to earn the victory as Kent State falls under .500 on the road.

Prediction: Ohio Bobcats -1.5

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These teams combined to put up 159 points in the first matchup a couple of weeks ago at Kent State. Both teams like to hit three-pointers and they combined for 25 triples in that contest. The Golden Flashes are a solid offensive team that is 94th in field goal percentage and 123rd in three-point shooting this season. Ohio State is 135th in field goal percentage and 96th in three-point shooting. The Bobcats face a Golden Flashes team that is just 276th in three-point field goal percentage defense. That helps Ohio's offensive attack and it helps push this one over the number.

Prediction: Over 141

Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chrisโ€™ content daily.