Kent State vs. Akron Prediction: Picks & Betting Odds – Friday, March 3, 2023
The Kent State Golden Flashes (24-6, 14-3 MAC) are 4-point favorites as they try to build on a 14-game home win streak when they host the Akron Zips (21-9, 13-4 MAC) on Friday, March 3, 2023 at Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. The game airs at 6:00 PM ET on ESPNU. The matchup has an over/under of 133.5.
Kent State vs. Akron Odds
- Kent State odds to win: -184
- Akron odds to win: +155
- Spread: Kent State (-4)
- Total: 133.5
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Friday, March 3, 2023
- Time: 6:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPNU
- Where: Kent, Ohio
- Venue: Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
Who Will Win Kent State vs. Akron?
Kent State and Akron Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
In games it has played as at least 4-point favorites this season, Kent State is 13-9-1 against the spread.
Akron is 0-5 against the spread when an underdog by 4 points or greater this year.
Between them, these two teams average 15.6 more points per game (149.1) than this matchup’s total (133.5).
Kent State and Akron have seen their opponents average a combined 3.3 fewer points per game than the over/under of 133.5 set for this matchup.
The average over/under Kent State has had in its matchups this season is 6.8 more points than this particular game’s point total.
The average total in Zips games this year is 5.5 more points than the point total of 133.5 for this outing.
The Golden Flashes’ ATS record is 17-11-1 this season.
The Zips have gone 11-16-1 ATS this year.
Kent State Stats & Insights
Kent State outscores opponents by 10.9 points per game (scoring 75.6 per game to rank 88th in college basketball while giving up 64.7 per outing to rank 38th in college basketball) and has a +326 scoring differential overall.
Kent State averages 32.1 rebounds per game (158th in college basketball) compared to the 31.2 of its opponents.
The Golden Flashes make 7.9 three-pointers per game (121st in college basketball) compared to their opponents’ 7. They shoot 33.6% from deep while their opponents hit 31.2% from long range.
Kent State ranks 124th in college basketball by averaging 96 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively is eighth in college basketball, allowing 82.2 points per 100 possessions.
The Golden Flashes are putting up 83.6 points per game this season at home, which is 15.3 more points than they’re averaging away from home (68.3).
Akron Stats & Insights
Akron has a +241 scoring differential, topping opponents by eight points per game. It is putting up 73.5 points per game, 134th in college basketball, and is allowing 65.5 per contest to rank 54th in college basketball.
Akron wins the rebound battle by an average of 4.2 boards. It records 32.5 rebounds per game (133rd in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 28.3.
Akron connects on 2.2 more threes per game than the opposition, 9.1 (31st in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 6.9.
Akron puts up 98.4 points per 100 possessions (61st in college basketball), while allowing 87.7 points per 100 possessions (79th in college basketball).
In 2022-23 the Zips are averaging 11.5 more points per game at home (79.9) than on the road (68.4).
Kent State Key Players to Watch
The leader in points and assists for the Golden Flashes is Sincere Carry, who scores 16.9 points and dishes out 4.9 assists per game.
Kent State’s best rebounder is Malique Jacobs, who averages five boards per game in addition to his 12.6 PPG average.
Miryne Thomas makes more threes per game than any other member of the Golden Flashes, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of two per contest.
Jacobs and Chris Payton lead Kent State on the defensive end, with Jacobs leading the team in steals averaging 2.8 per game and Payton in blocks averaging one per contest.
Akron Key Players to Watch
The Zips’ Xavier Castaneda averages enough points (21.8 per game) and assists (2.8 per game) to top the squad’s leaderboards.
Enrique Freeman is at the top of the Akron rebounding leaderboard with 11.1 rebounds per game. He also notches 16.2 points and adds two assists per game.
Castaneda makes 3.6 three-pointers per game, the most on the Zips.
Castaneda (one steal per game) is the steal leader for Akron while Freeman (1.1 blocks per game) is the block leader.
Kent State vs. Akron Prediction
- Pick ATS:
Kent State (-4)
- Pick OU:
Kent State 72, Akron 68
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