Gonzaga Back at Home
It has been nearly a month since Gonzaga has played at McCarthey Arena after playing in California, Texas, Oregon and South Dakota.
Gonzaga has covered against the spread in just three of its last 10 games when listed by the college basketball betting lines as a double-digit favorite. Each of Kent State’s last six games as an underdog finished under the total.
Nolan Hickman, held scoreless for the first time this season in the loss to Baylor, had 16 points the last time Gonzaga played a team from the Mid-American Conference.
According to the college basketball playoff odds, Gonzaga (+1400) is tied for fourth in the odds to win the national title.
Gonzaga began the season ranked second in both the Associated Press and coaches’ polls. The Bulldogs are 12th in the coaches’ poll and 14th in the AP rankings.
Gonzaga was picked to win the West Coast Conference while Kent State was fourth in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll.
Let’s check the latest college basketball odds, stats, injury reports and college basketball lines for Kent State vs Gonzaga. We’ve plenty of NCAA basketball odds for you to consider.
Dynamic Duo Leads Kent State
Expectations are pretty high for a Kent State team that returns its top two scorers from a 23-win team.
Sincere Carry and Malique Jacobs have not disappointed
Curry has gone from putting up 17.9 points in his first season at Kent State after transferring in from Duquesne to 18.9 this season. He already has four 20-point games, including two in his last three.
Jacobs has scored in double digits in each of his last six games.
With the loss of five of the top players who averaged more than 10 minutes per game, the Golden Flashes added Miryne Thomas from MAC rival Ball State and he gives Kent State another double-digit scorer.
The college basketball predictions total has gone under over in four of Kent State’s last five games on the road.
Timme Looks to Bounce Back
After playing four of its last six games against ranked opponents, Gonzaga begins a stretch of three straight games against unranked teams and that includes two matchups with MAC programs.
This could give the national player of the year candidate Drew Timme and his teammates a chance to get into an offensive rhythm. Timme failed to score in double figures for the first time this season when he was held to nine points on 3-of-6 shooting in a one-point loss to Baylor. Timme will look to be more involved in the offense going against a Kent State team that has three of its top four scorers standing between 6-foot-1 and 6-3.
Timme is averaging 17.3 points per game after failing to score at least 10 points for the first time since a season ago.
Senior forward Anton Watson is coming off his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds in the loss to Baylor.
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— Gonzaga Basketball (@ZagMBB) December 3, 2022
Gonzaga has failed to cover against the college basketball betting lines in six of its last seven games.
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Kent State vs Gonzaga Head-to-Head
This is the first meeting between the teams. The last time Gonzaga played a team from the MAC, the Bulldogs rolled to a 107-54 win over Central Michigan in the 2021 Good Sam Empire Classic.
Kent State vs Gonzaga Game Information
- Game: Kent State (6-2) vs Gonzaga (5-3)
- Location: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, WA
- Day/Time: Monday, Dec. 5, 9 p.m. ET
- Kent State vs Gonzaga Live Stream: TBS.com
Kent State vs Gonzaga Betting Lines
Kent State vs Gonzaga Picks & Prediction
Kent State is 6-1 against the college basketball betting lines against Division I competition, one of the best marks in the country, while Gonzaga is just 2-6 against the spread.
Gonzaga is -14 in turnover margin in the three losses and is facing a Kent State team that ranks eighth nationally with 11.4 steals per game. Jacobs set a program record with 10 steals in a win against Chicago State.
This is a tough game to call. Certainly, Gonzaga is expected to win at home against the unranked Golden Flashes. Will Kent State be able to make enough shots to stay within 14 and continue its impressive performance against the spread?
The Kent State Golden Flashes are listed at +830 in our Vegas college basketball lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Bears, you have a chance to win $830. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are -1410, offering a chance to win $7 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Kent State a 10.75% chance to win, with Gonzaga at 93.38%.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.