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College basketball point spread favors Golden Flashes in battle with Broncos

Western Michigan BroncosKent State Golden Flashes
9-7January 23, 2014, 07:00 | Memorial Athletic Center11-6

Western Michigan travels to Kent State on Thursday, hoping to boost its 9-7 record with a victory over the Golden Flashes.

The Broncos will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 6-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Golden Flashes are 8-6 ATS. Western Michigan is 7-5 on the totals; Kent State is 10-4.

View Western Michigan Broncos vs Kent State Golden Flashes Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Broncos were listed as 4.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

This game matches up the No. 123 (Golden Flashes) and the No. 263 (Broncos) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Western Michigan lost its last outing, a 69-64 result against Bowling Green on January 19. They failed to cover in that game as a 7-point favorite. The Broncos got 21 points from David Brown, but it was Bowling Green that prevailed in a 69-64 final on Sunday at University Arena.

In their last action, Kent State was a 71-60 loser on the road against Buffalo. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs. Devareaux Manley scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Flashes to a win (they lost 71-60 to Buffalo at Alumni Arena on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Broncos rank No. 148 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.56 per game. That compares with Kent State’s No. 154 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Kent State is college basketball's No. 65-ranked team at 7.35 per game, while the Broncos rate No. 123 with 6.19 per game.

A few Broncos at Golden Flashes trends to consider:
Western Michigan is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Western Michigan is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Western Michigan is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Western Michigan is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Kent State
Kent State is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
Kent State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kent State's last 6 games
Kent State is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games at home

Next up:
Western Michigan home to Ball State, Sunday, January 26th
Kent State at Toledo, Sunday, January 26th