Vic Monte Sports – Thursday College Basketball Play

Kent State -3.5 vs. James Madison

Blog Picks (16-17-1) (1 Loss in a Row) (CBB 2-1)

James Madison faces a considerable challenge following their remarkable season-opening upset against #4 Michigan State, as they must now visit a highly formidable Golden Flashes team. Kent State, although missing their two top scorers from the previous season, has strategically acquired the services of transfer Reggie Bass to fortify their ranks, ensuring they remain a competitive contender aiming for a tournament berth. Their strong home performance last season, marked by an impressive 8-4-1 ATS record, hints at their prowess on their own court, which is expected to continue.

The Dukes’ stunning victory over Michigan State showcased their potential as a formidable team. However, the fact that Kent State coach Rob Senderoff’s squad has been unbeatable at home for 23 consecutive games is a testament to their resilience and strength. The seemingly inevitable “letdown” scenario looms for James Madison in the face of the MAC-SBC Challenge, an event that may not have been on everyone’s radar but has provided Coach Senderoff with potent motivation to rally his players. While James Madison’s quality is evident, this demanding matchup and Kent State’s home court advantage present an imposing hurdle for the visiting team, making it a perfect spot to make a play!

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