Kent State Golden Flashes vs. UCLA Bruins, Las Vegas Odds, March Madness Sports betting Online, Picks and Prediction

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22-13 March 17, 9:57 PM | Golden 1 Center 29-4
Kent St. vs UCLA, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 9:57 PM ET, Friday, March 17, 2017
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
TV: 9:57 p.m. ET, truTV
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Friday, March 17th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Golden 1 Center – Sacramento, CA
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
845 –Kent State Golden Flashes +18½ -110 +1450 Ov 161½ -110
846 –UCLA Bruins -18½ -110 -2600 Un 161½ -110

The Kent State Golden Flashes and the UCLA Bruins will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Golden 1 Center.

ABOUT UCLA (29-4): Bryce Alford is the only current UCLA player who experienced the runs to the Sweet Sixteen in 2014 and 2015, and the senior guard is surely enjoying the moment after the Bruins missed out on the postseason a year ago. His shooting percentages have skyrocketed over the previous three seasons, but he does enter this tournament showing recent flashes of his past. He shot 1-for-10 from 3-point range against Arizona and is a combined 5-for-25 from beyond the arc in the past three games, a trend that can’t continue if UCLA hopes for another deep run.

ABOUT KENT STATE (22-13): The Bruins and Kent State have two common opponents in Oregon State and Western Michigan, with UCLA going 3-0 in those games and the Golden Flashes 0-2. Look for Kent State to pass the ball inside to 6-8 forward Jimmy Hall, who leads the team in scoring (18.9), rebounding (10.5), assists (2.6) and blocked shots (1.4). Hall received solid help against Akron from 6-1 sophomore guard Jaylin Walker, who scored a career-high 30 points, and Walker’s ability to penetrate to the basket might give UCLA problems.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bruins listed as 18.5-point favorites versus the Golden Flashes, while the game’s total is sitting at 161.5.

UCLA ended the regular season ranked No. 3 in the nation in the coaches’ poll, but was eliminated in the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament, leaving the Bruins seeded third in the South Region heading into their first-round game Friday against 14th-seeded Kent State in Sacramento. The Bruins showed few vulnerabilities while going unbeaten in nonconference play, then came back to beat the three Pac-12 teams that defeated them earlier in the season, but UCLA couldn’t capitalize on its strengths in the 86-75 semifinal loss to Arizona.

A major area of concern for UCLA is the health of freshman Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf. Ball injured his left thumb Friday night when it was jammed by an air ball in the first half against Arizona and he finished with one of his least productive games of the season, totaling eight points, five assists and six rebounds – the first time since Dec. 1 he didn’t reach double figures in at least one of those categories. Leaf sprained his left ankle March 1 and missed the following game against Washington State, but has been close to his scoring (16.2) and rebounding (8.3) averages in the last two games. Kent State earned its first tournament berth since 2008 by beating rival Akron in the Mid-Atlantic Conference tournament final on Saturday, its fourth win in six days.

UCLA was a 86-75 loser in its last match on the road against Wildcats. They failed to cover the -2.5-point spread as favorites.

Kent State was a 70-65 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Zips. They covered the +3.5-point spread as underdogs.

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Kent State:
Team record: 22-13 SU,16-13-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Kent State is 7-1-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Kent State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kent State’s last 9 games

Team record: 29-4 SU,16-17 ATS
UCLA is 6-15 ATS in its last 21 games
UCLA is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UCLA’s last 6 games


1. A third-seeded team has been upset in the first round by a 14th-seeded team in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments.

2. Leaf, Reid Travis of Stanford and Kyle Kuzma of Utah are the only Pac-12 players in the top 10 in the conference in scoring and rebounding.

3. Alford and G Isaac Hamilton have each started UCLA’s past 101 games.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: UCLA Bruins will cover the spread at -18.5 and the game will go over 161½ points, according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: UCLA 101, Kent State 80 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

76.9 PTS FOR 90.4
72.3 PTS AGNST 75.3
4.6 DIFF. 15.0
25.5 DEF REBOUNDS 29.5
42.8 FG% 51.9
71.9 FT% 74.5
7.1 3 POINTERS 9.9
6.5 STEALS 6.1
No trends to report
UCLA is 6-15 ATS in its last 21 games
UCLA is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UCLA’s last 6 games
Kent State’s Overall Scoring vs UCLA’s Overall Defense 76.9 97 75.3 258
Kent State’s Away Scoring vs UCLA’s Home Defense 70.2 175 73.1 258
Kent State’s Road Rebounds vs UCLA’s Home Rebounds Allowed 38.1 36 36.2 252
UCLA’s Overall Scoring vs Kent State’s Overall Defense 90.4 1 72.3 183
UCLA’s Home Scoring vs Kent State’s Road Defense 92.0 4 71.1 84
UCLA’s Home Rebounds vs Kent State’s Road Rebounds Allowed 40.5 24 34.3 96
No trends to report
UCLA is the highest scoring team in the league at 90.4 points per game.
UCLA leads the league in field goal percentage with 51.9.

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