Kent State vs. Indiana Betting Preview: Golden Flashes vs. Hoosiers Total Pick
Kent State (28-6 SU 20-10 ATS) vs. Indiana (22-11 SU 16-16 ATS)
When: Friday, March 17th: 9:55 ET
Where: MVP Arena Albany, NY
Point Spread: Kent +4/Ind -4
Money Line: Kent State Golden Flashes +156/Indiana Hoosiers -189
On Friday, March 17th, the Kent State Golden Flashes will take on the Indiana Hoosiers at MVP Arena in Albany, NY. The game is set to start at 9:55 ET and will be broadcasted on TBS. The current point spread favors Indiana at -4, while the total line is set at 141 points. Bettors looking to get down on the money line can get the Kent State Golden Flashes at +156 or the Indiana Hoosiers at -189.
The spread line opened with Indiana a -4.5 point favorite and hit -5 before falling back to its opener. The total has been on a downward spiral hittting the board at 141.5 before steadily dropping to 139.5.
Last Game Info
Kent State will be looking for another win, as they most recently defeated Toledo by a score of 93-78. The Golden Flashes also picked up an ATS victory as they were +1 point underdogs. The combined 171 points finished above the 149 total line.
Going into their last game, Indiana was the betting favorite at -4 but fell to Penn State by a score of 77-73. The combined 150 points finished above the 140.5 total line.
Over their last five games, Kent State has a straight-up record of 5-0 while going 3-1-1 vs. the spread. Over this stretch, the Golden Flashes’ offense averages 83.8 points per game while hitting 49.3% of their shots from the field. On the defensive end of the floor, they have allowed opponents to shoot 42.5% from the field while allowing 73.4 points per contest.
In their previous five contests, Indiana is 3-2 straight-up and 2-3 vs. the spread. In these five games, they have a scoring average of 73.0 points per game on a shooting percentage of 47.8%. Defensively, they allow teams to hit 40.8% of their shots while giving up 74.2 points per game.
How Does Kent State Fare On Neutral Courts?
This season, the Golden Flashes are 4-0 in games on neutral courts.
How Does Indiana Fare On Neutral Courts?
This season, the Hoosiers are 2-2 in games on neutral courts.
Offense vs. Defense
For the season, Kent State is averaging 71.0 points per game (197th) while posting an overall field goal percentage of 44.1%. In today’s game, they will be matched up against an Indiana defense that has allowed an average of 68.5 points per contest. This year, opponents have hit 40.9% of their shots vs. Indiana. On the other side, the Indiana Hoosiers are coming into the game averaging 71.5 points per game on a shooting percentage of 45.9%. The Hoosiers will be facing a defensive unit allowing an average of 65.7 points per contest. So far, teams have hit 38.5% of their shots vs. the Golden Flashes.
From beyond the arc, Kent State has a shooting percentage of 33.0% while ranking 315th in attempts per game. The Golden Flashes will be facing an Indiana defense that has a 3-point field goal shooting percentage allowed of 33.1%. Indiana enters the game, having hit 33.9% of their looks from deep while averaging 6.12 made 3’s per game. On the other end, Kent State has allowed opponents to hit 28.6% of their shots from beyond the arc.
Injuries Of Note
- Giovanni Santiago (Out) Hand
- Xavier Johnson (Out) Foot
- Anthony Leal (Questionable) Ankle
- Logan Duncomb (Out) Illness
Pick Against The Spread
Sorry for the lack of written analysis. I’m taking this game to go under the total of 139.5. Statistically, I could make a quick argument for the Over. But I’d need to write a book to explain my reasoning on the Under. Take the Under 139.5
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