Ball State vs. Kent State prediction, odds: 2023 college basketball picks, Jan 20 best bets by proven model

A pair of red hot teams clash on Friday when the Ball State Cardinals tangle with the Kent State Golden Flashes in a Mid-American Conference matchup in Kent, Ohio. The Cardinals (13-5, 4-1 MAC), who have won two in a row and nine of 10, are tied with Akron for second in the league. The Golden Flashes (15-3, 5-0), who have won nine in a row and 10 of 11, are alone in first place in the MAC. Kent State is 8-0 on its home court, while Ball State is 3-3 on the road this season. Kent State leads the all-time series 48-41, including a 31-11 edge in games played at Kent.

Tipoff from the MAC Center is set for 6:30 pm ET on CBS Sports Network. The Golden Flashes are 9-point favorites in the latest Ball State vs. Kent State odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 138. Before making any Ball State vs. Kent State picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. The model enters Week 11 of the season 41-21 on all-top rated college basketball picks, returning more than $1,200 for $100 players. Anyone who has followed it has seen profitable returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Ball State vs Kent State and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Kent State vs Ball State:

  • Ball State vs. Kent State spread: Kent State -9
  • Ball State vs Kent State over/under: 138 points
  • Ball State vs Kent State money line: Kent State -455, Ball State +345
  • BSU: The Cardinals are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games following an ATS loss
  • KSU: The Golden Flashes are 6-0 ATS in their last six Friday games
  • Ball State vs Kent State picks: See picks here

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Why Kent State can cover

Senior guard Sincere Carry is one of three Golden Flashes to average double-figure scoring. In 18 games, all starts, carry averages 16.9 points, 4.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. He is one of the better free-throw shooters on the team, connecting on 80.8% of his foul shots. He has achieved double-figure scoring in each of the last four games, including a 31-point performance in a 69-66 win over Miami (Ohio) on Jan. 7.

Also giving the Kent State offense a boost is senior guard Malique Jacobs, who has achieved double-figure scoring in 13 of 17 games. He has registered two double-doubles, including a 10-point, 10-steal effort against Chicago State on Nov 19. He also had a 16-point, 13-rebound performance against Toledo on Jan 10. For the season, Jacobs Averages 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.1 steals per game.

Why Ball State can cover

The Cardinals are led by junior guard Jarron Coleman, who averages 14.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He has achieved double-figure scoring in 16 of 18 games, including a season-high 29 points in an 83-71 loss at Indiana State on Nov 12. Coleman scored 26 points in a 90-83 win at Toledo on Jan 3 He is coming off a 22-point, eight-rebound and seven-assist performance in a 71-70 win over Western Michigan on Tuesday.

Sophomore guard Jaylin Sellers has been red hot from the field, connecting on 49.7% of his field goals, including 50% from 3-point range. He is also hitting 77.3% of his free throws. He has achieved double-figure scoring in 11 games, and has registered two double-doubles. He had 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win at Toledo.

How to make Ball State vs. Kent State picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 142 combined points. It also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only get the model’s pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Ball State vs. Kent State? And which side of the spread has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Ball State vs. Kent State spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that has seen profitable returns on its college basketball picks this seasonand find out.

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