Probable Kent State Starters:
Key Kent State Roleplayers:
Why The Golden Flashes Can Surprise:
This was supposed to be a down year for the Mid-American Conference’s most dominating team for the last decade. As it turns out, there really are not any down years for Kent State. Coach Geno Ford has done a tremendous job in just his second year as the head coach of the Golden Flashes turning some inexperienced players into seasoned veterans. And, as usual, it all starts on the defensive end. This is a group that will generate a ton of turnovers and rarely commit many themselves.
It all starts with Chris Singletary. Not only is he a fine scorer averaging 12.0 points per game, but Singletary is arguably the best defender in the conference. At 6-4 he has the size to cover the best opposing player in nearly every circumstance and that is what he has done all year long. Singletary has also turned into a superb floor leader and dishes out 4.1 assists per game. The return of Rodriquez Sherman, who missed all of last season with an injury, makes the perimeter defense even better. Sherman is also a quality ballhandler and has turned into a rather dynamic scoring threat. Tyree Evans usually does not give up the ball once it is in his hands, but the senior, along with Mike McKee, is one of the team’s outside shooting threats and yet another solid defender.
Why The Golden Flashes Can Disappoint:
Who To Watch:
Kent State By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 70.5 (134th in nation, 3rd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 64.0 (62, 4)
Field-Goal Percentage: 43.6 (168, 3)
Field-Goal Defense: 42.4 (134, 6)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 5.6 (224, 9)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 32.4 (226, 7)
Free-Throw Percentage: 68.1 (199, 6)
Rebound Margin: 1.6 (131, 4)
Assists Per Game: 13.1 (166, 6)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.3 (61, 1)
Joel’s Bracket Says: First Round loss to Tulsa
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