The Youngstown State Penguins (0-0) and the Kent State Golden Flashes (0-0) go head-to-head at James A. Rhodes Arena. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 156.5 points with Kent State opening as a 5.5-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Youngstown State Penguins ATS Preview
Kent State was a 14 seed in the tournament last season and were defeated in the First Round by the UCLA Bruins. In the regular season, the Golden Flashes went 22-13. Youngstown State, meanwhile, was unable reach the tournament following a 13-21 regular season.
Kent State could have a difficult time creating turnovers. Last season, Youngstown State ranked 23rd in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.0 percent), while Kent State forced the 133rd-most turnovers (19.6 percent). Additionally, the Golden Flashes ranked fourth in offensive rebounding percentage (38.7 percent), while the Penguins ranked 255th in defensive rebounding percentage (69.2 percent).
The Golden Flashes had a solid 22-13 straight up (SU) record last season, but struggled covering the spread (17-13-2 against the spread (ATS)). A little over half of Kent State’s games finished under the projected point total.
The Penguins, meanwhile, were 13-21 SU and 12-17 ATS last season. Unlike Kent State, games involving Youngstown State had a tendency to finish over the O/U total (58.6 percent).
Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Youngstown State Penguins Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Kent State, ATS Winner – Kent State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Golden Flashes rank 14th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while the Penguins rank 134th (3.4).
- Kent State averages 40.3 rebounds per game, which ranks ninth in the nation. Youngstown State ranks 314th in rebounds allowed per game (40.6).
- The Golden Flashes rank 110th in three pointers attempted per game (22.3) while the Penguins rank 273rd in three pointers allowed per game (23.8).
- Kent State ranks 163rd in assists allowed per game (13.4) while Youngstown State ranks 293rd (16.3).