Kent State vs Houston Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Nov. 26 (Cougars Defense Slows Down Golden Flashes)

Devon Platana
Kent State vs. Houston prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Kent State vs. Houston prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Terrance Williams
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Kent State vs Houston Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Kent State Golden Flashes (5-1, 1-1 Away) vs. No. 2 Houston Cougars (5-0, 3-0 Home)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Fertitta Center — Houston, TX
Coverage: ESPN+

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Saturday, Nov. 26 with an intriguing matchup between the Kent State Golden Flashes and No. 2 Houston Cougars.

Kent State's perfect season came to a halt on Thursday, losing 74-72 to Charleston in a back-and-forth altercation. On the other hand, Houston has yet to lose a game, entering this matchup with a 5-0 record. Now, the Cougars seek to build off the momentum that stems from their 66-56 victory against Oregon on Sunday.

Can Kent State get back on track after its first loss of the campaign? Or will Houston's perfect start continue?

Kent State vs Houston Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: KENT: (+1600) | HOU: (-4500)
Spread: KENT: +19.5 (-110) | HOU: -19.5 (-110)
Total: 134.5 - Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Houston enters this contest as the slight favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 2:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 134.5 points, which is on the low end of Saturday's projected totals.

Kent State vs Houston Prediction & Pick

This game could come down to which team can outgun the other. Kent State and Houston have two of the better offenses in the nation, averaging 82.0 (No. 26) and 79.2 (T-No. 48) points per game respectively. Having said that, one side has a clear defensive advantage over the other.

The Cougars are allowing an NCAAB-low 48.0 PPG thus far. On top of that, they're also holding opponents to 30.4% shooting from the field (No. 1) with a 19.8% three-point percentage (No. 3). Needless to say, that's the toughest defense that Kent State will face up to this point.

Don't be surprised if this showdown comes down to which team gets the crucial stops at the right time. Considering how the Golden Flashes are allowing 15 more points per game than their counterparts, I'm going with Houston remaining perfect when all is said and done.

Final Score Prediction: Houston: 75 | Kent State: 55

Kent State vs Houston Betting Trends

- Kent State is 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games.
- Houston is 14-2 straight up in its last 16 home games played on Saturday.
- The total has hit the under in four of Kent State's last five games.
- The total has hit the under in each of Houston's last eight home games.

Kent State vs Houston Best Bet

For the best bet, I suggest backing the total going under 133.5 points. Houston's defense is going to shut Kent State down, causing the former to do most of the heavy lifting. On top of that, the total has gone under 133.5 points in each of the Cougars' games this season.

With the total also going under in each of Houston's last eight home games and in four of Kent State's last five overall, expect another low-scoring game this afternoon.

Bet: Under 133.5 Points (-110)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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