Kent State Golden Flashes (12-13) vs. Buffalo Bulls (18-7)
Where and when: Alumni Arena, Buffalo, New York, Tuesday, 7:00 pm EST
A rematch between the Kent State Golden Flashes and the Mid-American’s top-ranked team, the Buffalo Bulls, will take place on Tuesday night at 7 pm EST, at Alumni Arena in Buffalo New York. In their last meeting on 1/30/2018, the Golden Flashes unseated the Bulls at home by a slim 82-79 margin. In this game, the Flashes, while being down by 13 at the half, fought back in the second half to outscore the Bulls by a 48-32 margin en route to the win. For the game, Kent State shot 45.6% from the field and 38.1% from 3-point range. The Bulls outshot the Flashes by averaging 55.6% from the field and 42.1% from 3-point range, however, were not able to get the win. The Golden Flashes also won the rebounding battle 29-22, while also committing only 9 turnovers compared to 10 for Buffalo. As 8-point favorites, the Bulls were not able to cover the spread.
Kent State comes into this game losers of 5 of their last 10 games (5-4-1 ATS), while Buffalo comes in winners of 8 of their last 10 contests (4-3-3 ATS). In their last outing, the Golden Flashes suffered an 87-68 blowout road loss to Ball State on Friday night. As 6.5-point underdogs, they were not able to cover the spread in this game. The Bulls also took a 90-88 overtime road loss against Northern Illinois on Saturday. As 9-point favorites, they were also not able to cover the spread.
Ball State Dominates Golden Flashes
After going up 11 at the half, Ball State outscored Kent State 46-38 in the second half on their way to an 87-68 home victory on Friday. For the game, Ball State shot 56.7% from the field and 40% from 3-point range. On the other hand, the Golden Flashes were only able to shoot 41.4% from the field and 34.8% from the 3-point arc. Ball State dominated on the boards by pulling down 37 compared to only 25 for Kent State. The loss was the Golden Flashes’ 3rd in a row.
Offensively, Kent State averages 73.6 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field (33.5% from 3-point range). They also shoot an average of 72.7% from the free throw line while grabbing 35.4 rebounds per outing.
Jaylin Walker (17.2 ppg, 3.8 rebs), Adonis De La Rosa (12.1 ppg, 7.7 rebs), and Kevin Zabo (12.1 ppg2.5 rebs, 2.2 ass) are the 3 double-digit scorers for the Golden Flashes. Furthermore, Jalen Avery and Danny Pippen are also key contributors for Kent State averaging 9.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 8.2 points, 6.1 rebounds per game, respectively.
On the defensive side, the Golden Flashes allow opponents to score 73.6 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the field (33.5% from 3-point range). Lastly, they allow teams to pull down 31.1 rebounds per game.
Bulls Fall in OT to Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois outscored Buffalo 8-6 in the overtime period to take a 90-88 home win on Saturday. The Huskies shot 47.7% from the field and 22.2% from 3-point range, while allowing the Bulls to shoot 50% from the field and 34.6% from the 3-point arc. While the Bulls won the rebounding battle by a margin of 33-30, they committed more turnovers than the Huskies (14-9). In addition, converting free throws were also the undoing for the Bulls as they shot a mere 34.6% (9-26) for the night. Furthermore, the loss ended a 2-game winning streak for Buffalo.
Offensively, the Bulls average 83.7 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field (36% from 3-point range). They also shoot 68.7% from the free throw line while pulling down 38.5 rebounds per contest.
CJ Massinburg is the leading scorer for Buffalo averaging 17.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. Nick Perkins and Wes Clark are also key contributors for the Bulls averaging 16.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 14.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.4 assists. Furthermore, Jeremy Harris (14.2 ppg, 5.7 rebs, 2.4 ass) and Davonta Jordan (7.6 ppg, 2.8 rebs, 4.1 ass) are also solid contributors to the Bulls’ offensive attack.
On the defensive side, Buffalo allows their opponents to score an average of 76.8 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field (34.2% from 3-point range). They also permit teams to grab an average of 33 rebounds per outing.
- The Golden Flashes are 2-6 ATS in last 8 road games
- The Golden Flashes are 3-9 ATS in last 12 games versus Bulls
- The Golden Flashes are 2-4 ATS in last 6 MAC games
- The Bulls are 7-1-1 ATS in last 9 Tuesday games
- The Bulls are 8-3-1 ATS in last 12 MAC home games
- The Bulls are 9-3 ATS in last 12 games versus Golden Flashes
Buffalo is well-deserving of their 1st place ranking within the Eastern Division of the MAC conference. They were not only battle-tested in their non-conference schedule, but, have really shown that they can dominate teams within their respective conference as well. Kent State, on the other hand, is a team that is not actively competing for a top spot in the East division due to inconsistent play and the inability to pick up key wins, particularly, those on the road. Currently, the Golden Flashes hold down the 6th and final spot in the East rankings. Nonetheless, the Golden Flashes were able to contain Buffalo’s offensive attack at home on 1/30, however, this will not be the case in this matchup. The Bulls will be looking to maintain their 1st place standing along with avenge their most recent, ugly loss to the Golden Flashes. It is for this reason that the Bulls will overwhelm Kent State in this game, thus picking up the all-important conference win against a sub-par Kent State outfit.