Kent State at Ball State - 1/4/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Kent State at Ball State - 1/4/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Albert Cesare / The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

Ball State Cardinals (6-6) vs Kent State Golden Flashes (6-6)

Game Info: Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm (John E. Worthen Arena)

Betting Odds: Ball State Cardinals +1.5 -- Over/Under: 142 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kent State Golden Flashes will travel to play the Ball State Cardinals in a MAC game on Tuesday night.

The Kent State Golden Flashes are 6-6 (1-1) this season and have lost three of their last four games. Kent State is coming off of a win against Toledo by a score of 66-63 in their last game. This game was tied late, but Kent State took the lead with 30 seconds left and hung on for the win. Sincere Carry led the Golden Flashes with 19 points and 4 assists in the win. Kent State is averaging 70 points per game and is giving up 62.3 points per game against, while also averaging 35.4 rebounds per game and 13.1 assists per game. Sincere Carry is averaging 15.9 points per game and 4.8 assists per game, while Malique Jacobs is averaging 11.8 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Golden Flashes. Kent State is shooting 42.7% on field goals, 81% on free throws, and 31.3% on three pointers.

The Ball State Cardinals are 6-6 (1-0) this season and have won their last two games in a row. Ball State defeated Bowling Green by a score of 81-80 in their last game. Ball State trailed by 5 points with 25 seconds left and was able to rally for the one point win. Luke Bumbalough led the Cardinals with 21 points and 4 assists in the victory. Ball State is averaging 74.9 points per game and is giving up 78.1 points per game against, while also averaging 34.8 rebounds per game and 14.1 assists per game. Luke Bumbalough is averaging 13.2 points per game and 3.5 assists per game, while Payton Sparks is averaging 10.4 points per game and 6 rebounds per game for the Cardinals. Ball State is shooting 44.2% on field goals, 67.3% on free throws, and 37.2% on three pointers.

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Kent State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. The under is 6-1 in Kent State’s last 7 road games. Ball State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win. The over is 14-4 in Ball State’s last 18 home games. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 head to head meetings.

Both of these teams are coming off of very close wins in their last game. Ball State has really struggled on the defensive end of the court, allowing just over 78 points per game, while Kent State is only giving up 62.3 points per game. I like Kent State on the road in this game because of their defense.

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David’s Pick Kent State -1.5

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