Get ready for a Mid-American battle as the Kent State Golden Flashes and the Akron Zips will face off at 8 p.m. ET on Friday at the Memorial A & C Center and the game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. Kent State is 7-8 overall and 4-4 at home, while Akron is 9-4 overall and 1-1 on the road. The in-state rivals and MAC foes have faced each other 77 times since the 1949-50 season and Kent State holds a 44-33 lead in the series since then.
However, the Zips have won and covered six of the last 10 head-to-head matchups and swept the last three games with a 2-1 record against the number. Still, the Golden Flashes are favored by 1.5 points in the latest Kent State vs. Akron odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 133.5. Before entering any Akron vs. Kent State picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Kent State vs. Akron spread: Kent State -1.5
- Kent State vs. Akron over-under: 133.5 points
What you need to know about Kent State
The Golden Flashes fell short on Tuesday as they fell 65-63 to the Northern Illinois Huskies. Sincere Carry and Malique Jacobs both had 16 points in the loss and Jacobs added 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
Carry leads Kent State in scoring, as the Duquesne transfer is averaging 17.3 points per game. He's also averaging 5.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per contest and he'll have to play a big role if the Golden Flashes are going to turn things around after a 7-8 start.
What you need to know about Akron
Meanwhile, the Ball State Cardinals typically have all the answers at home, but on Tuesday the Zips proved too difficult a challenge. Akron took their matchup against Ball State 84-74 and shot an impressive 53.4 percent from the floor.
Xavier Castaneda had a game-high 29 points in the victory and also contributed six assists and five rebounds in the victory. Bryan Trimble Jr. had 19 points and Enrique Freeman had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. That trio will look to stay hot in a critical early-season conference clash.
How to make Kent State vs. Akron picks
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