Kent State vs Ohio Prediction - College Basketball Picks 2/20/24

Ohio (13-12) vs Kent State (13-12)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Convocation Center)

Betting Odds: Ohio -4 -- Over/Under: 148 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kent State Golden Flashes and Ohio Bobcats face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at the Ohio University Convocation Center. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Kent State vs Ohio prediction.

Kent State Looks to Build on Last Game

Kent State in the last game faced off against Northern Illinois and the defense was elite giving up only 47 points. The offense was also good putting up 85 points. Jalen Sullinger had a strong game putting up 17 points, seven assists and two rebounds. Kent State overall this season is averaging 76.8 points while their defense is giving up 71.9 points per game. The offense is ranked 93rd in the league and they are going to need the offense to put on a show with the offense in this game. 

Ohio Defense Has Struggled

Ohio’s defense has been a major issue the last two games, and that has led to the struggles in each of the last two games. Two games ago against Arkansas State, Ohio lost 100-87 and in the last game against Toledo, they were defeated 85-83. Ohio overall this season is averaging 79 points while their defense is giving up 71.9 points per game. The offense is ranked 61st while the defense is ranked 214th. Jaylin Hunter has been the top player for Ohio averaging 14.9 points while shooting 43.8 percent from the field. 

Ohio Bobcats Team Facts

  • Ohio has won each of its last 17 home games when playing with a rest advantage.
  • Four of Ohio's last five games have produced a total of 161+ points.
  • Ohio has won the first half in seven of its last eight games against the Mid-American Conference.

Kent State Golden Flashes Team Facts

  • Kent State has lost five of its last six away games when playing with a rest disadvantage.
  • Each of Kent State's last six games have produced a total of 146 or fewer points.
  • Kent State has won the first half in each of its last three games against the Mid-American Conference.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Ohio ranks 17th among Division 1 teams for opponent steals per game this season (4.9).
  • Ohio ranks 19th among Division 1 teams for turnover percentage this season (12.3%).
  • Kent State ranks 36th among Division 1 teams for free throw percentage this season (76.0%).

Kent State vs Ohio Betting Prediction

Kent State in the last game gave up only 47 points, but now they have a much tougher test. Ohio on the season is averaging 79 points and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. Kent State is averaging 76.8 points and they are going to have no issue running up the score. There will be very little defense played here by either team and this game is going to go over the total. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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