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Central Michigan at Kent State odds, picks and predictions

Sportsbook Wire 1/31/2023 Skip Snow
Central Michigan Chippewas forward Ola Ajiboye (11) and guard Reggie Bass (1) celebrate after defeating the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Center. © Provided by Sportsbook Wire Central Michigan Chippewas forward Ola Ajiboye (11) and guard Reggie Bass (1) celebrate after defeating the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Center.

The Central Michigan Chippewas (8-13, 3-5 MAC) and Kent State Golden Flashes (17-4, 7-1) meet Tuesday in Kent, Ohio. Tip-off from M.A.C. Center is at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Central Michigan vs. Kent State odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.

Central Michigan was a 1.5-point underdog when it beat Western Michigan 70-69 Saturday. The victory snapped a 3-game straight-up and against-the-spread losing skid.

Kent State is 11-1 since Dec. 10. The Golden Flashes have outscored opponents by an average of 10.7 points over those 12 games and a ball-hawking defense has helped KSU log a plus-4.7 average turnover margin over that span.

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Central Michigan at Kent State odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 7:12 a.m. ET.

Moneyline: Central Michigan +850 (bet $100 to win $850) | Kent State -2000 (bet $2000 to win $100) Against the spread (ATS): Central Michigan +18.5 (-115) | Kent State -18.5 (-105) Over/Under (O/U): 136.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)

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Central Michigan at Kent State picks and predictions


Kent State 77, Central Michigan 63


Kent State (-2000) will almost certainly come away with the victory, but you shouldn’t risk 20 times your potential return on the moneyline.


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Against the spread

The Underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in this series.

Kent State’s comp games have not yielded many wins in the 12-point range, but CMU is not the most deserving of full-fledged support. Recent road clunkers don’t engender confidence on that side. PASS.


The Over is 7-0 in the Golden Flashes’ last 7 against under-.500 teams and is 9-1 across the last 10 meetings in this series.

This one sets up as a game with above-average pace, a few extra points in the transition game for KSU and a few extra 2nd-chance points for CMU.

BACK THE OVER 136.5 (-105).

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