Kent State at Ball State: 2/24/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Ball State Cardinals (7-11) vs Kent State Golden Flashes (14-5)
Game Info: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm (John E. Worthen Arena)
Betting Odds: Ball State Cardinals +3.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Kent State Golden Flashes will travel to Worthen Arena to take on the Ball State Cardinals this Wednesday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Kent State Golden Flashes won their 4th straight game and improved to 14-5 on the season after defeating Eastern Michigan Eagles, 64-51, this past Saturday. Kent State was outstanding defensively against Eastern Michigan and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after taking a 52-40 lead with 5:01 left in regulation. Kent State shot 45.3% from the field and 32.0% from beyond the arc while Eastern Michigan shot 35.2% from the field and 26.3% from beyond the arc. Kent State lost the turnover battle by a 14-8 margin, however, did outrebound Eastern Michigan by a 40-24 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Flashes was Danny Pippen who had a double-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 block, & 1 steal.
On the season, Kent State is averaging 78.9 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Golden Flashes are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kent State has been led by Danny Pippen (20.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 bpg), Mike Nuga (17.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg), Tervell Beck (10.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg), & Giovanni Santiago (9.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.3 spg). Kent State will be without Mike Nuga who is likely out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in early February.
Defensively, Kent State is allowing their opponents to average 69.9 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Golden Flashes have a rebound margin of 6.5 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Ball State Cardinals lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 7-11 on the season after being defeated by Akron Zips, 88-79, this past Friday night. Ball State had no answers on the defensive end for the explosive Akron offense and could not fight back after the Zips took a 76-66 lead with 4:34 left in regulation. Ball State shot 47.7% from the field and 38.1% from beyond the arc while Akron shot 51.7% from the field and 45.0% from beyond the arc. Ball State outrebounded Akron by a 33-32 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 17-12 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Brachen Hazen who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, & 2 steals.
On the season, Ball State is averaging 70.7 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Cardinals are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ball State has been led by K.J. Walton (15.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 spg), Ishmael El-Amin (15.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.6 spg), Brachen Hazen (9.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg), & Jarron Coleman (8.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.9 apg).
Defensively, Ball State is allowing their opponents to average 73.8 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Cardinals have a rebound margin of -2.1 and a turnover margin of -1.7.
The Golden Flashes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Cardinals are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Kent State suffered a big blow after losing Mike Nuga due to a knee injury in early February, however, the Golden Flashes continue to win games without him, including an impressive 71-67 victory at Bowling Green. Ball State came into this season with high expectations as they had some of the best experience in the MAC, however, the Cardinals have struggled this season defensively and currently rank just 259th in scoring defense & 270th in turnover margin. Ball State has lost 6 of their last 7 games and between the fact that Kent State has a winning record on the road and an offense that ranks 39th in scoring offense, I think the Golden Flashes continue their winning streak and do enough to cover this small road spread. Good Luck!