Kent State Golden Flashes vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds 3-16-22

Kent State Golden Flashes vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds 3/16/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Kent State Golden Flashes vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds 3/16/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Kent State Golden Flashes (MAC) will collide with the Southern Utah Thunderbirds (Big Sky) in the first round of The Basketball Classic at America First Events Center in Cedar City on Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET.

 

Kent State ended the regular season with an overall record of 23-10 and a 5-point triumph over Buffalo in the final match of the season.

 

The Golden Flashes won 14 consecutive games including two in the conference tournament to qualify in The Basketball Classic but failed to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament after losing the MAC Championship to the Akron Zips.

 

Kent State is in 2nd place at 16-4 in the MAC with a 23-10 overall standing and an 8-4 road record on the season. The Golden Flashes had difficulty in dealing with the Zips’ defense after scoring 25-34 in the first half and never recovered from there after chasing a 30-41 lead in the final half leading to their 55-75 loss.

 

Forward Justyn Hamilton scored 19 points off the bench as the lone double-figure scorer with 8 rebounds in leading Kent State.

 

On the season, Guard Sincere Carry led the offense for the Golden Flashes with an average of 18.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.4 steals per match while Guard Malique Jacobs pitched in an average of 12.3 PPG with 7.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.5 steals per contest.

 

Kent State posted an average of 71.0 PPGT on 44.1% overall shooting and 33.0% from long-range while their defense allowed an average of 64.7 PPG on 40.8% FG.

 

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Kent State Golden Flashes vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds Predictions 3/16/2022

 

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds will be participating in The Basketball Classic tournament after ending the regular season with a 20-11 overall standing and riding a two-game losing streak on the season.

 

The Thunderbirds beat Idaho State (79-71) and Weber State (80-70) in concluding the regular season but lost to the Portland State Vikings (65-77) in the Big Sky Tournament on March 10. Southern Utah took 2nd place at 14-6 in the Big Sky Conference with an overall standing at 20-11 while splitting their last 14 matches played on the road.

 

The Thunderbirds chased a 15-point lead by the Vikings at halftime and made a late 45-42 rally but still lost the contest at 65-77. Forward Maizen Fausett led the way for Southern Utah with 19 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for the Thunderbirds.

 

Southern Utah nailed an average scoring of 72.8 PPG on 44.1% field-goal shooting and 34.0% from the three-point range.

 

Guard Tevian Jones carried the load for the Thunderbirds with an average of 14.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest while Guard John Knight III contributed an average of 14.5 PPG with 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2.1 steals per game. Forward Maizen Fausett added an average of 12.3 PPG with a team-high 8.3 RPG.           

  

Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Southern Utah Thunderbirds. The NCAAB Pick for this outing is Kent State 11. Both teams failed to earn the conference title this season but the Golden Flashes are still hot and gained momentum after winning 14 consecutive games before losing to Akron in the conference championship match.

 

Kent State is 11-2-1 ATS in their last 14 outings and 14-1 SU in their last 15 contests while Southern Utah is 4-2 SU in their last six. Prediction: The Kent State Golden Flashes will win to a score of 73-70.  

 

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Kent State Golden Flashes vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds 3/16/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 9:00 PM ET

 

Location: America First Events Center in Cedar City, UT

 

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022

 

TV: ESPN+

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Kent State Golden Flashes -1     

   

NCAAB Totals: 142

 

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