- Kent State brings a winning that is three-game into a house game against cross-town rival Akron at 7 pm Friday
- Kent State’s Danny Pippen and Akron’s Loren Cristian-Jackson are 1-2 into the MAC in scoring, both averaging a lot more than 21 points per game
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Kent State (10-4, 7-3 MAC) will appear to avenge a four-point loss at Akron (10-4, 8-3 MAC) in the 1st game associated with the season show once the MAC competitors meet in Kent, Ohio, at 7 pm ET on Friday evening. The campuses are 12 kilometers aside. Akron had a six-game streak that is winning its last time out, and heads into Friday as the underdog.
This is the year that is first just the top eight groups will be eligible for the MAC postseason competition in Cleveland, but neither appears at risk of lacking the cut. The loser will stay at the very least two games in front of eighth-place Ball State (6-9, 4-6), which plays at league-leader Toledo on
|Akron friday vs Kent State Odds||Team||Moneyline||Spread|
|Total||Akron Zips||+114||+1.5 (-104)|
|Over 150.5 (-114)||Kent State Flashes||-134||-1.5 (-118)|
Under 150.5 (-106)
Odds taken Feb. 4 from FanDuel
Kent State Must Overcome Loss of Nuga
The Flashes will play their second game without senior shooting guard Michael Nuga, their second scorer that is leading. Nuga is anticipated to miss out the remaining portion of the period after enduring a knee damage at the beginning of an 83-76 house success over Central Michigan Saturday. that is last
Nuga Is averaging 17.8 points per game, second on the united group to Danny Pippen, and it is shooting 50 per cent through the industry. He’s tied up for 4th into the MAC with 37 3-pointers.
Redshirt freshman Jeremiah Hernandez made their 2nd start of period rather than Nuga into the 77-68 success over Miami on Tuesday, and book junior guard James Jordan received playing time that is extended. Hernandez had three points and no assists in 23 minutes before fouling out and Jordan had six points — on two 3-pointers — and five rebounds in 24 minutes.
Feb. 1, 2021
BOSTON, MA — Kent State’s Danny Pippen is the recipient of the Lou Henson award National Player of the Week. Pippen helped the Golden Flashes to a pair of wins, averaging 30 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks per game. pic.twitter.com/4pEa0wploh
— College Insider Inc. (@collegeinsider) February 1, 2021
Nuga, who played two years in junior college and sat out last season after transferring from Portland State, had 19 points and eight rebounds in the game that is first Akron. Jordan played 11 moments into the meeting that is first. Hernandez played four.
MAC MVP Candidates Meet Again
Kent State 6-foot-9 senior forward Danny Pippen leads the MAC in scoring at 21.6 points per game and Akron 5-8 guard that is senior Cristian Jackson is an additional at 21.4. Pippen is 3rd into the league with 8.8 rebounds per game and Jackson is 2nd with 6.5 assists.
Jackson has five games that are 30-point season, including 32 in the loss to Toledo, and two double-doubles. Pippen has three 30-point games, two during the Flashes’ three-game winning streak, and five double-doubles, three in the last four games. Jackson was the MAC player of the in 2019-20 when he averaged 19.8 points and 4.5 assists.
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— Akron Zips MBB (@ZipsMBB) 28, 2021
Kent State had more trouble with Jackson than Akron had with Pippen in the Zips’ 66-62 victory on Jan. 1 january. Jackson had 31 points on 9-of-23 shooting, made 7 of 14 threes and had six assists for the reason that game. Pippen had 16 points on 4-of-12 shooting and nine rebounds.
Akron 6-7 forward Enrique Freeman averages 9.6 rebounds per game, 2nd in the MAC, and it has six double-digit games that are rebounding although his playing time has decreased the last three games when the Zips played a smaller group.
By the Numbers
Both Akron and Kent State have been good to their backers this season. Akron is 8-4 against the spread and Kent State is 8-4-1.
The Zips covered all six games during their recent six-game steak that is winning although both streaks found a finish inside their 91-76 loss at MAC-leader Toledo on Tuesday. Akron is 5-2 as a well liked, 2-3 as a road favorite. The Zips covered the meeting that is first the two, laying three, when Maishe Dailey made a free throw with one second remaining in a 66-62 home victory on New Year’s Day. The Zips are 6-6 against the that is total
4 brand new teams into the latest Mid-Major top*)ENTIRE that is 25®( POLL https://t.co/bM3IUsJZmc pic.twitter.com/Rt2LZ1DAQQ(*)— College Insider Inc. (@collegeinsider) 2, 2021(*)Kent Sate is 8-4-1 against the spread, 5-3-1 as a favorite and 3-3-1 as a home favorite february. The Flashes are 7-1 in the home. Kent State is No. 73 into the NCAA ratings that are net ahead of Kentucky, Pitt, North Carolina State and Michigan State. Akron is 101st.(*)The teams have split the last 14 games of the series, almost along home-court lines. The Flashes have won four of the last five at home, covering twice. Akron shot only 32 percent on Jan. 1 but made 11 threes and were 17 of 22 from the line that is foul. The Flashes shot 38 per cent making just 9 of 17 throws that are free(*)By KenPom ratings, this is the most game that is difficult on either team’s routine. The champion might have a shot that is strong the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, especially if Akron wins to sweep the season series. This is the second of four road that is straight for the Zips.(*)The Choose: Akron +1.5 (-104)(*)