Kent State vs. UCLA: South Region, First Round

Doug Upstone

Thursday, March 16, 2017 4:20 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 4:20 PM UTC

The last game of the first round is in Sacramento and let's hope for all our sakes the number of times they show Lorenzo Ball of UCLA's dad is kept to a minimum so we all can enjoy the Bruins fluid offense.

  Kent State vs. UCLA

South Region, First Round
March 17th, 9:57 pm E.T.

Kent State Breakdown 

Unless you really follow the college basketball odds, you might be unaware Kent State (22-13, 16-13-2 ATS) has one of the better basketball programs in the MAC. This did not look like the Golden Flashes year, sitting at 13-12 SU on Feb.12th. But coach Rob Senderoff crew started putting it together and they closed 9-1 (7-2-1 ATS) and exacted revenge on that only setback by winning the MAC title against Akron. How could Kent State change so dramatically despite only shooting 42.8 percent from the field? What changed is the Golden Flashes have cut their turnover from 15 to under 10 a contest and cleaned the glass with a +6 rebound margin.


UCLA Breakdown

When in rhythm, there is no more fun team to watch than the Bruins. UCLA (29-4, 16-17 ATS) has five players on the floor at all times that run, pass and shoot and when they get in a flow, they effortlessly ring up 90.4 points a game. In Kent State's hot streak, they have held eight opponents to under 70 points, thus, the challenge for the Bruins is not allowing this foe to dictate the tempo. Though UCLA has enough firepower to cover the -18 point spread, just exactly how healthy are Lorenzo Ball and T.J. Leaf and can they go all out in this encounter.


What to Watch For

Bruins coach Steve Alford is on the record that he has explained to his team how hot Kent State is and the fact they are second in the country in offensive rebounding. While I expect UCLA to win, they are 5-7 ATS when favored by 16 or more points, which flips me to me leaning towards the underdog for college basketball picks.

Free NCAAB Pick: Kent State -18Best Line Offered: at Sportsbetting

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