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Kent State vs Houston Pick & Preview: Saturday, November 26th Betting Odds

Golden Flashes vs Cougars Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Kent State Golden Flashes at Houston Cougars
  • Where: Houston at Fertitta Center
  • Date: Saturday, November 26th
  • Betting Odds: Kent State +19.5, KENTST +1350 | HOU -3750 O/U 135.0

Golden Flashes Preview:

Kent State will take the floor against the Cougars with an overall record of 5-1. On the road, the Golden Flashes will be playing their 2nd games of the season, having gone 1-1. So far, the Golden Flashes have been the underdog 2 times, going 1-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +19.5 underdogs on the spread.

Kent State’s leading scorer this season is Sincere Carry who is averaging 19.83 points per contest. So far, Carry has accounted for 24.49% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.83 rebounds per game and 5.83 assists. Miryne Thomas is the second leading scorer for the Golden Flashes, averaging 12.0 points per game. Between him and Thomas, they are accounting for 39.3% of the team’s scoring.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Kent State this season, as they are currently ranked 197th in college basketball at 71.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Golden Flashes’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.0%, placing them 325th in the NCAA.

Cougars Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Kent State, the Houston Cougars will be taking the floor for the 6th time this season and have an overall record of 5-0. Currently, the Cougars have been the home team 3 times, sitting with a record of 3-0. The Cougars’ are sitting with a betting line that is -19.5 points in their favor. For the season, Houston has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 5-0.

One thing working against Houston in this game is the fact that they will be without their leading scorer, Marcus Sasser. In his 5, he is averaging 16.6 per game. This will be a significant blow to the team as he currently leads the Cougars’ in made 3-point shots. Overall, he has knocked down 28.6% of his looks from outside. Jarace Walker will be looking to take on an even bigger scoring role, as he is the Cougars’ 2nd leading scorer at 12.4 points per contest. In addition to his scoring, Walker is adding 7.0 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists.

Houston comes into today’s matchup vs Kent State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 75.8 points per game. Through 5 games, they have hit 46.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Cougars’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 621st in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Kent State Golden Flashes +19.5

After crunching the numbers for this matchup, anyone looking to get a wager on this game between the Kent State Golden Flashes and Houston Cougars would be best served by taking Kent State at +19.5. Each side comes into this game looking to slow the game down and make their opponent defend deep into the shot clock. Even though Houston is the favorite, this slow style of play figures to keep the game closer than oddsmakers are expecting. In addition, siding with Kent State as the underdogs has been profitable of late, as they are 5-0 vs the spread (last 5). In this matchup, we like the home dogs and will take Kent State +19.5.

 


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