Check out our free Kent State vs Indiana pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Albany. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Kent State vs Indiana Pick & Preview: Friday, March 17th Betting Odds
Golden Flashes vs Hoosiers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Kent State Golden Flashes at Indiana Hoosiers
- Where: Albany at MVP Arena
- Date: Friday, March 17th
- Betting Odds: Kent State +4.5, KENTST +160 | IND -195 O/U 140.5
Golden Flashes Preview:
Kent State will take the floor against the Hoosiers with an overall record of 28-6. On the road, the Golden Flashes will be playing their 17th game of the season, having gone 11-6. So far, the Golden Flashes have been the underdog 5 times, going 2-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4.5 underdogs on the spread.
Kent State’s leading scorer this season is Sincere Carry, who is averaging 17.68 points per contest. So far, Carry has accounted for 23.07% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.68 rebounds per game and 4.82 assists. Malique Jacobs is the second leading scorer for the Golden Flashes, averaging 12.97 points per game. Between him and Jacobs, they are accounting for 39.5% of the team’s scoring.
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 they 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.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Kent State, the Indiana Hoosiers will be taking the floor for the 34th time this season and have an overall record of 22-11. Currently, the Hoosiers have been the home team 20 times, sitting with a record of 16-4. The Hoosiers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, Indiana has been favored to win in 24 games, sitting with a mark of 19-5.
Trayce Jackson-Davis comes into today’s game as the Hoosiers’ leading scorer at 20.77 points per contest. Not only has Jackson-Davis been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Indiana’s top rebounder at 10.9 boards per contest. Behind Jackson-Davis, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jalen Hood-Schifino, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.2% of his shots and is adding 4.1 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Indiana this season, as they are currently ranked 184th in college basketball at 71.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Hoosiers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.9%, placing them 258th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Kent State Golden Flashes +4.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Indiana Hoosiers are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -4.5. However, we anticipate Kent State putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Hoosiers as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Golden Flashes to cover.