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Feb 11, 11:00 AM | Memorial Athletic Center

Ball State Cardinals vs Kent State Golden Flashes Odds

12-10TEAM RECORD17-6

Ball State pays a visit to Kent State on Saturday, hoping to send the Golden Flashes to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Memorial Athletic Center.

The Golden Flashes currently sports a 17-6 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 8-13 ATS. The Cardinals are 12-10 and 6-10-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Golden Flashes produce a 12-9 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Cardinals have gone 6-11 against the number.

View Ball State vs Kent State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Golden Flashes installed as 8.5-point favorites in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Golden Flashes sit at No. 108 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cardinals sit at No. 161 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Golden Flashes will win this game 72-70.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Kent State's No. 94-ranked scoring average of 71.7 PPG, against a Cardinals defense rated No. 24 and allowing 59.5 PPG. The Golden Flashes FG% has averaged 45.3% to date this season, more than the Cardinals shooters have managed so far (42.7% per game).

Defensively, Ball State features the nation's No. 25-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.6 points per game. Kent State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 88 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Ball State was a 61-54 loser at home against Bowling Green. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Ball State got 14 points from Jarrod Jones but lost anyway, 61-54, to Bowling Green on Wednesday at Worthen Arena.

Kent State won its last outing, a 62-58 result against Eastern Michigan on February 8. They failed to cover in that game as a 7-point favorite. The Golden Flashes grabbed a 62-58 win over the Eagles on Wednesday, behind a 17-point effort from Justin Greene at EMU Convocation Center.

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Toledo are 6-4
After playing Bowling Green are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Kent State Golden Flashes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Buffalo are 7-3
After playing Eastern Michigan are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Cardinals at Golden Flashes trends to consider:
Ball State is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Ball State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Ball State is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Kent State
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Kent State
Kent State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Kent State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Kent State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Ball State
Kent State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Ball State

Next up:
Ball State home to Toledo, Wednesday, February 15
Kent State home to Buffalo, Tuesday, February 14