Kent State at Ball State - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Kent State Golden Flashes (20-12) at Ball State Cardinals (18-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse)
The Line: Ball State Cardinals +1 -- Over/Under: 135
The Kent State Golden Flashes (20-12, 9-9 CONF) and the Ball State Cardinals (18-13, 11-7 CONF) will meet on Thursday, March 12th for the Quarterfinals of the MAC Conference Tournament Presented by Visit Myrtle Beach. The game will be played at a neutral site location at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH. The game is scheduled for a 9:00 PM ET start time.
Kent State took down Eastern Michigan in the first round of the MAC Conference Tourney, 86-76. Kent State can certainly be a sleeper in this tournament, as even though they have been inconsistent, they have shown signs of dominance. Ball State had a bye in the first round of the tournament, as their last game of the regular season was a 75-54 road win over NIU to clinch said bye. Ball State defeated Kent State in the only meeting between these teams this season, 62-54.
Kent State scores 76.3 points per game on 45.4 percent field goal shooting this season. Kent State’s leading scorer is G Antonio Williams, who scores 14.7 points per game. The leading rebounder for Kent State is F Danny Pippen, who earns 7.1 rebounds per game. Kent State allows 70.0 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +6.3 scoring differential so far this season. Kent State also earns 36.2 rebounds, 13.9 assists, 4.1 blocks, and 6.8 steals per game as a team.
Ball State scores 69.5 points per game on 42.7 percent field goal shooting this season. Ball State’s leading scorer and rebounder is F Tahjai Teague, who scores 14.4 points per game and earns 9.1 rebounds per game. Ball State allows 62.5 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +7.0 scoring differential so far this season. Ball State also earns 36.1 rebounds, 13.5 assists, 3.4 blocks, and 6.6 steals per game as a team.
Kent State is 15-14-1 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. Kent State is also 0-1-1 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season. Ball State is 16-14 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. Ball State is also 2-2 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season.
Ball State is not just the better team, but they are also the hotter team. The trends point in the direction of Ball State, and I will take them in this spot and take the free point.