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Kent State Golden Flashes host Ball State Cardinals in college basketball action

Ball State CardinalsKent State Golden Flashes
3-9January 11, 2014, 07:00 | Memorial Athletic Center9-5

Ball State travels to Kent State on Saturday, hoping to boost its 3-9 record with a victory over the Golden Flashes.

Kent State will face the 3-9 Cardinals, who own a 5-5 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Golden Flashes are 8-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Cardinals are 5-4 favoring the OVER.

View Ball State Cardinals vs Kent State Golden Flashes Odds and Stats.

The Golden Flashes were listed as -11.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Golden Flashes at No. 81 and the Cardinals at No. 321 heading into this contest.

Ball State lost its last outing, a 72-68 result against Akron on January 8. They covered in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. Chris Bond scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Cardinals to a win (they lost 72-68 to Akron at Worthen Arena on Wednesday).

Kent State lost its last outing, a 59-53 result against Ohio on January 8. They failed to cover in that game as a 2-point favorite. The Golden Flashes got 13 points from Devareaux Manley, but it was Ohio that prevailed in a 59-53 final on Wednesday at Memorial Athletic Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Kent State's No. 134-rated squad against Ball State's No. 107-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Kent State rates No. 67 in the country with 7.36 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 77 nationally with 7.17 per match.

A few Cardinals at Golden Flashes trends to consider:
Ball State is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
Ball State is 12-6 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
Ball State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Kent State is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
Kent State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Kent State is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home
Kent State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Ball State

Next up:
Ball State at Ohio, Wednesday, January 15th
Kent State at Northern Illinois, Wednesday, January 15th