Akron @ Kent State
Current Records: Akron 9-4; Kent State 7-8
What to Know
The Kent State Golden Flashes lost both of their matches to the Akron Zips last season on scores of 62-66 and 61-72, so they're hoping to turn the tables this season. The Golden Flashes and Akron will face off in a Mid-American battle at 8 p.m. ET on Friday at Memorial A & C Center. Akron will be strutting in after a win while Kent State will be stumbling in from a defeat.
It was close but no cigar for Kent State as they fell 65-63 to the Northern Illinois Huskies on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Ball State Cardinals typically have all the answers at home, but on Tuesday Akron proved too difficult a challenge. The Zips took their matchup against the Cardinals 84-74.
Barring any buzzer beaters, the Golden Flashes are expected to win a tight contest. But bettors beware: they are only 3-6 against the spread when favored.
Kent State's loss took them down to 7-8 while Akron's victory pulled them up to 9-4. A win for Kent State would reverse both their bad luck and Akron's good luck. We'll see if Kent State manages to pull off that tough task or if Akron keeps their momentum going instead.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 8 p.m. ET
- Where: Memorial A & C Center -- Kent, Ohio
- TV: CBS Sports Network
- Live Stream: CBSSports.com or fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Watch on your Phone: CBS Sports App
- Watch on Connected TV: CBS Sports App on Roku and Fire TV
The Golden Flashes are a slight 1.5-point favorite against the Zips, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 1.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
Akron have won seven out of their last 13 games against Kent State.
- Feb 05, 2021 - Akron 72 vs. Kent State 61
- Jan 01, 2021 - Akron 66 vs. Kent State 62
- Mar 06, 2020 - Akron 79 vs. Kent State 76
- Jan 31, 2020 - Kent State 68 vs. Akron 67
- Mar 08, 2019 - Kent State 68 vs. Akron 65
- Feb 08, 2019 - Akron 72 vs. Kent State 53
- Mar 02, 2018 - Akron 67 vs. Kent State 65
- Feb 17, 2018 - Kent State 78 vs. Akron 68
- Mar 11, 2017 - Kent State 70 vs. Akron 65
- Mar 03, 2017 - Akron 66 vs. Kent State 56
- Feb 17, 2017 - Kent State 70 vs. Akron 67
- Mar 04, 2016 - Akron 74 vs. Kent State 60
- Feb 19, 2016 - Kent State 85 vs. Akron 76
Injury Report for Kent State
- Giovanni Santiago: Game-Time Decision (Lower Leg)