Kent State vs Akron Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/23/24

Akron (19-7) vs Kent State (13-13)

Game Info: Friday, February 23, 2024 at 6:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)

Betting Odds: Akron -7.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kent State Golden Flashes will play the Akron Zips in a MAC game on Friday night at James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, Ohio. Kent State has lost two of their last three games, while Akron has also dropped two of three. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Kent State vs Akron prediction.

Kent State Preview

The Kent State Golden Flashes are 13-13 (6-7) this year after they lost to Ohio by a score of 63-57 in their last game. Kent State led 33-27 at the half, but they were out scored 36-24 in the second half for the loss. The Golden Flashes shot 31.7% from the field and were +2 in rebounding margin in the game. Kent State defeated NIU by a score of 85-47 in the game prior to Ohio, but lost to Troy before that. The Golden Flashes are scoring 76.1 points per game with 35 rebounds per game and 12.9 assists per game, while allowing 71.6 points against per game this year. Jalen Sullinger is averaging 14.6 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game, and 2.6 assists per game. Kent State is shooting 44.4% from the field, 76% on free throws, and 35.7% on three pointers this season.

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Akron Preview

The Akron Zips are 19-7 (11-2) this season after they lost to Toledo by a score of 72-64 in their last game. Akron trailed 32-22 at halftime, but they did score 42 points in the second half in the loss. The Zips shot 39.7% from the field and were +3 in rebounding margin in the game. Akron defeated Buffalo by a score of 73-62 in the game prior to Toledo, but lost to James Madison before that. The Zips shot 74.7 points per game with 37 rebounds per game and 13.4 assists per game, while giving up 64.8 points against per game this season. Enrique Freeman is averaging 18.1 points per game, 13.0 rebounds per game, and 1.7 assists per game. Akron is shooting 45.6% from the field, 72.6% on free throws, and 33.6% on three pointers this year. 

Kent State vs Akron Betting Prediction

Akron comes into this game tied for first in the MAC standings, but they have lost two of their last three games. The Zips are 11-2 in conference play and they play great defense, only allowing about 65 points against per game. Kent State has also lost two of their last three games, but they are only 6-7 in conference play. The Golden Flashes have found some success on the road recently and they only lost to Akron by six points in their first meeting. The Golden Flashes have the ability to be a high scoring team and I think they can hang with Akron here. Take Kent State with the points. 

David’s Pick Kent State +7.5

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