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Golden Flashes open as college hoops underdog vs Bobcats

Ohio BobcatsKent State Golden Flashes
Jan 26, 6:00 PM | Memorial Athletic Center

Ohio Bobcats vs Kent State Golden Flashes Odds


College hoops betting interest focuses on the Kent State vs Ohio battle Saturday at Memorial Athletic Center as the Golden Flashes look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Golden Flashes sit at 11-8 (7-6-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Bobcats are currently 14-5 (8-7 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Kent State is 7-6 OU, and Ohio is 4-5-2 OU.

View Ohio vs Kent State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Kent State in this one found them as 4-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 149 (Golden Flashes) and the No. 165 (Bobcats) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 80-71 result in favor of the Bobcats has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kent State's No. 131 nationally ranked offense (69.5 points per game) against a Bobcats defense that sits as the No. 104 at 63.1 PPG. The Golden Flashes have been averaging 41.8% from the field, less than the Bobcats have managed so far this season (48.7% on average).

Defensively, Ohio features the nation's No. 255-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.6 points per game. Kent State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 192 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Ohio, they were a 74-62 winner as they battled Miami (Ohio) on the road. They covered in the match as a 9-point favorite. The Bobcats grabbed a 74-62 win over the RedHawks on Wednesday, behind a 17-point effort from D.J. Cooper at Millett Hall.

Last time out for Kent State, they were a 70-55 loser as they battled Bowling Green on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1-point favorite. Kent State suffered a 70-55 loss against Bowling Green on Wednesday, getting 17 points from Randal Holt in a losing effort at Stroh Center.

Ohio Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Eastern Michigan are 6-4
After playing Miami (Ohio) are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Kent State Golden Flashes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Northern Illinois are 8-2
After playing Bowling Green are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

A few Bobcats at Golden Flashes trends to consider:
Ohio is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Ohio is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Ohio is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Kent State
Kent State is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Ohio
Kent State is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing Ohio
Kent State is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games at home
Kent State is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Ohio home to Eastern Michigan, Wednesday, January 30
Kent State at Northern Illinois, Wednesday, January 30