The 13th-seeded Kent State Golden Flashes (28-6) battle the 4-seed Indiana Hoosiers (22-11) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Tip from MVP Arena in Albany, N.Y., is set for 9:55 p.m. ET (TBS). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Kent State vs. Indiana odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
Kent State beat Toledo 93-78 in the MAC Championship on Saturday to cover as a 1-point underdog. It has won 6 games in a row and is 9-1 in its last 10, going 6-3-1 against the spread (ATS). This season, they are 21-10-1 ATS.
Indiana fell to Penn State 77-73 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament, failing to cover as a 3.5-point favorite. The loss snapped a 2-game winning streak. The Hoosiers are 6-4 straight up and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 games. They are 15-17-1 ATS on the season.
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Kent State vs. Indiana odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 7:42 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Kent State +150 (bet $100 to win $150) | Indiana -190 (bet $190 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Kent State +4.5 (-118) | Indiana -4.5 (-102)
- Over/Under (O/U): 140.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)
Kent State vs. Indiana picks and predictions
Indiana 74, Kent State 71
At -190 odds, the moneyline does not present enough value to make a profitable bet on Indiana.
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LEAN KENT STATE +4.5 (-118).
The Golden Flashes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. They have only played in 5 games this season as an underdog and are 5-0 ATS. Kent State had an impressive end to the regular season and MAC Tournament and will look to use that momentum to stay in the game against Indiana.
BET OVER 140.5 (-112).
The Over is 5-1 in the Hoosiers’ last 6 games, 8-2 in their last 10 games following an outright loss, and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Kent State has hit the Over in 5 of its last 7 games while the Over is 4-0-1 in its last 5 NCAA Tournament games.
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