The No. 4 seed Indiana Hoosiers (22-11) and the No. 13 seed Kent State Golden Flashes (28-6) meet on Friday at 9:55 PM in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The matchup airs on TBS.
The Hoosiers are currently 4.5-point favorites over the Golden Flashes. The game has a point total of 139.5.
Indiana vs. Kent State Odds
Point Spread for Indiana vs. Kent State
The spread for this matchup is set at 4.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Indiana as the favorite.
Indiana vs. Kent State Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Indiana has -190 odds to pick up the win, while Kent State is listed at +162 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 139.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, March 17, 2023
- Game Time: 9:55 PM ET
- TV Channel: TBS
- Location: Albany, New York
- Arena: MVP Arena
Indiana vs. Kent State Betting Trends
Against the spread, Indiana is 15-17-1 this year. The Hoosiers have been victorious in 17, or 77.3%, of the 22 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Indiana has eclipsed the over/under in 57.6% of its opportunities this year (19 times over 33 games with a set point total).
In Kent State’s 33 games this season, it has 21 wins against the spread. The Golden Flashes have been the moneyline underdog four total times this season. They’ve finished 1-3 in those games. Kent State’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 12 times in 33 opportunities (36.4%).
Indiana vs. Kent State Key Players to Watch
Trayce Jackson-Davis paces his team in points (20.8), rebounds (10.9) and assists (4.1) per contest, shooting 57.9% from the floor. Defensively, he delivers 0.9 steals and 2.7 blocked shots (sixth in the country). Jalen Hood-Schifino is averaging 13.5 points, 3.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. Race Thompson puts up 7.9 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assists per contest. At the other end, he averages 1 steal and 0.9 blocked shots. Miller Kopp is averaging 7.9 points, 1.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game.
Malique Jacobs gets the Golden Flashes 13 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest. He also puts up 2.7 steals (fourth in the nation) and 0.8 blocked shots. Miryne Thomas paces the Golden Flashes in rebounding (5.5 per game), and posts 10.6 points and 0.8 assists. He also posts 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. The Golden Flashes receive 6.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game from Chris Payton.
What you need to know about the Indiana Hoosiers
With 75 points per game on offense, the Hoosiers are 98th in the country. At the other end of the court, they surrender 68.5 points per contest, which ranks 129th in college basketball. Indiana is pulling down 33 boards per game (99th-ranked in college basketball). It is ceding 30.9 rebounds per contest (166th-ranked).
This season, Indiana is making 5.7 threes per game (330th-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 37% (40th-ranked) from beyond the arc. The Hoosiers are allowing 7.5 three-pointers per game (217th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opponents to shoot 33.2% (139th-ranked) from downtown.
The Hoosiers have a 4-6 record against the spread while finishing 6-4 overall in their past 10 games. Five of Indiana’s past 10 contests have gone over the total. In its last 10 games, Indiana has been racking up 69.1 points per game, an average that’s slightly lower than the 75 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. The last 10 games have seen Indiana allow 1.9 more points per game (70.4) than its season-long average (68.5).
What you need to know about the Kent State Golden Flashes
At 76.6 points scored per game and 65.7 points allowed, the Golden Flashes are 59th in the country on offense and 52nd on defense. On the boards, Kent State is 138th in the nation in rebounds (32.4 per game). It is 151st in rebounds allowed (30.7 per game).
Kent State is 115th in the nation in 3-pointers made (7.9 per game) and 213th in 3-point percentage (33.6%). Giving up 7 3-pointers per game and conceding 31% from downtown, the Golden Flashes are 155th and 38th in college basketball, respectively, in those categories.
The Golden Flashes are 7-3 against the spread and 9-1 overall over their past 10 games. Five of Kent State’s last 10 outings have gone over the total. In its previous 10 games, Kent State is posting 80.3 points per contest, 3.7 more than its season average (76.6). The Golden Flashes have fared worse defensively in their past 10 games, ceding 69.5 points per contest, 3.8 more points their than season average of 65.7.
Indiana vs. Kent State Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this matchup is Indiana, and we project that Kent State will cover the spread (Indiana -4.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 139.5 points.
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