The Midwest Region First Round concludes late Friday night with what could be a tricky matchup for a high seed. Kent State, the 13th seed out of the MAC, will look upset the fourth seeded Indiana Hoosiers. The winner of this game will face the winner of #5 Miami and #12 Drake. Below is our pick for the Kent State vs Indiana game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Kent State vs Indiana Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Indiana -4|
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This game will be played at MVP Arena at 9:55 p.m. ET on Friday, March 17, 2023.
Why Bet on Indiana:
✅ Indiana is a perfect 10-0 in their 10 games against Quad Three and Quad Four opponents.
✅ Kent State went 0-3 in their three Quad One games during the regular season.
✅ The two headed monster of Trayce Jackson-Davis and Jalen Hood-Schifino may be the best duo in the college and will be too much to handle for the Golden Flashes.
Kent State Golden Flashes – MACtion Hits Primetime
Kent State capped off a great MAC Tournament run with a dominant 93-78 win the championship game. The Golden Flashes knocked off the first and third seeds on their way to lifting the trophy.
Since February 1st, Kent State ranks as the 90th best team in the nation, are 10-2 in their 12 games during this timeframe, and are top 70 in adjusted defense. The Golden Flashes have struggled offensively as they rank 123rd.
Kent State is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2017 and are looking for their first win since their run to the Elite Eight in 2002.
Indiana Hoosiers – Two-Headed Monster
Indiana saw their regular season come to an end with a semifinal defeat to the on-fire Penn State Nittany Lions. It was a close result for the Hoosiers and can be ignored as they head into this first round matchup.
Over the past six weeks, the Hoosiers are the 48th best team in the nation, are 7-4 in their 11 games during that span, and are top 70 in both adjusted offense and defense.
Indiana made the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and are looking to advance past the first round for the first time since their Sweet Sixteen run in 2016.