Check out our free Kent State vs Ohio pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Athens. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Kent State vs Ohio Pick & Preview: Friday, January 13th Betting Odds
Golden Flashes vs Bobcats Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Kent State Golden Flashes at Ohio Bobcats
- Where: Athens at Convocation Center (OH)
- Date: Friday, January 13th
- Betting Odds: Kent State -3.5, KENTST -175 | OHIO +140 O/U 141.5
Golden Flashes Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Ohio, the Kent State Golden Flashes will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 13-3. So far, the Golden Flashes have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 5-3. This season, Kent State has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 10-0. For today’s contest, Kent State has a betting line set -3.5 points in their favor.
Kent State’s leading scorer this season is Sincere Carry, who is averaging 17.69 points per contest. So far, Carry has accounted for 23.66% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.56 rebounds per game and 4.75 assists. Malique Jacobs is the second leading scorer for the Golden Flashes, averaging 12.33 points per game. Between him and Jacobs, they are accounting for 39.1% 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.
The Ohio Bobcats head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 9-7. Currently, the Bobcats have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 7-1. So far, the Bobcats have been the underdog 6 times, going 2-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3.5 underdogs on the spread.
Dwight Wilson comes into today’s game as the Bobcats’ leading scorer at 13.87 points per contest. Not only has Wilson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Ohio’s top rebounder at 10.0 boards per contest. Behind Wilson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Miles Brown, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.44 points per game. Overall, he has hit 46.2% of his shots and is adding 3.12 boards per game.
On offense, Ohio is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.9 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 16 games, they have only hit 34.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 45.53% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Ohio Bobcats +3.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Kent State Golden Flashes are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -3.5. However, we anticipate Ohio putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Golden Flashes as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Bobcats to cover.