Ohio Bobcats vs. Kent State Golden Flashes NCAAB Betting Picks and Prediction for Friday, January 26, 2024

Ohio Bobcats vs. Kent State Golden Flashes – In this exciting NCAA Men’s Basketball matchup, the Ohio Bobcats (9-10) will face off against the Kent State Golden Flashes (10-9) on Friday, January 26, 2024, at 6:30 PM ET. The game is set to take place at the Memorial A & C Center and will be televised on CBSSN. With both teams vying for a crucial victory, let’s dive into the analysis and make some free college basketball picks.

Ohio Bobcats vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Betting Odds


Ohio Bobcats Analysis

The Bobcats enter this contest with a 9-10 record, averaging 79 points per game. However, they have been inconsistent on the offensive end. Ohio is shooting just 46% from the field as a team, including only 34.8% from three-point range. Guard Jaylin Hunter leads the attack with 13.6 points to go along with 4.8 assists per contest. But the Bobcats will need to find more consistent scoring options to keep up on Friday night.

Defensively, Ohio allows 73.6 points per game. But they have been atrocious away from home, surrendering 80 points per road contest. The Bobcats allow opponents to shoot 47.4% overall and 36.1% on threes away from home. This does not bode well facing a Golden Flashes team averaging 77.8 points on 45.2% shooting at home this season. Ohio must lock down better on the perimeter and control the pace and tempo.

Specifically, the Bobcats may struggle containing Golden Flashes guard Jalen Sullinger. Ohio allows opposing guards to score 17.3 points per game while shooting 35.2% on threes. Hunter and the Bobcats guards must play tighter defense, especially in their road matchup on Friday night.

Kent State Golden Flashes Analysis

Kent State has an identical 9-10 record as Ohio, fueled by an offense netting 77.8 points per contest. The Golden Flashes are led by guard Jalen Sullinger’s 14.3 points per outing on efficient 43.9% shooting. However, as a team, Kent State has slipped a bit recently, shooting just 40.7% over their last five games.

Defensively, the Golden Flashes are allowing 72.8 points per contest, including 76.5 during their current four-game losing streak. Kent State has struggled containing opposing ball handlers, permitting over 18 assists per game in losses. They also allow 34.1% three-point shooting on the season.

Sullinger dropped 21 points with four made threes in Kent State’s last outing. He is scoring 16 points per game while draining 44% of his threes during the Golden Flashes’ skid. Kent State will need Sullinger’s hot shooting to continue to keep pace in this must-win home matchup on Friday night. With defensive struggles of late, his offense will be crucial.

Ohio Bobcats vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Against the Spread

Ohio Bobcats is just 3-2 ATS in their last five contests. More concerning, they are 0-5 ATS on the road this season. The Bobcats have allowed opponents to score over 70 points in four straight games as well.

Meanwhile, Kent State Golden Flashes has lost four straight games ATS. They are 2-5 ATS at home this season. With two suspect defenses, the over looks enticing. The over is 5-0 in Kent State’s last five at home.

Ohio Bobcats vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Free Pick

Based on the current form, team statistics, and key player performances, the picks are as follows:

Moneyline: Kent State must consider in this term due to their past performances.

Spread: Considering Ohio’s struggles on the road, Kent State may have an advantage here. If the spread favors Kent State, they could be a reliable pick to cover.

Total: Given the recent trend of both teams going OVER in their games, a bet on the OVER total points could be a good choice.

Predicted Score: Kent State Golden Flashes 80, Ohio Bobcats 75

In conclusion, when looking for the most reliable pick to bet on this game, consider the spread in favor of Kent State and the possibility of the total points going OVER. Keep an eye on the odds as the game approaches, and don’t forget to check out the Canadian best sportsbook for the latest betting options. Good luck to all bettors!