Tag:Kent State
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:15 am
 

Kent State's Chris Evans can get up and over

By Matt Norlander

It was a pretty great Saturday for Kent State's Chris Evans. The 6-7 junior forward had three degrading dunks on/against Western Michigan in a game Evans' Golden Flashes won, 78-73. Kent State is 16-6 overall, but at 6-3 in the incredibly loaded MAC East, it's a fourth-place team in the division. So let's do the modern thing and celebrate a team not because of it's record, but because it's got a guy who knows how to flush.

Evans, who averages 10 points and four boards per game, has about 30 dunks this year, according to Kent State athletics.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Senderoff gets improbable 1st win against Huggins



By Jeff Goodman


This wasn't about Rob Senderoff, the adversity and how his first career win came against a future Hall of Famer in Bob Huggins.

"We have four seniors and I know how long it had been," Kent State's rookie head coach said following the season-opening win over West Virginia. "We hadn't talked about it, but I wanted them to start the year the right way."

What Senderoff was referring to was the fact that Kent State, a program that has tasted no shortage of success over the past decade, got its first road win over a BCS team in 37 years on Tuesday.

Senderoff is thankful - to his wife and all that have supported him after he was fired for his role in the Kelvin Sampson mess.

"But my focus was all about my team," he said.

His team played extremely well. The ESPN cameras were on him at halftime when he said that West Virginia would "crumble under the pressure."

The cameras also caught him when he leaped (OK, that may be a little strong) in the air following a picturesque alley-oop in the second half.

"I'm a little embarrassed about jumping up and down," Senderoff said. "First of all, with the lack of athleticism. I also talk to the guys about keeping their composure - and obviously I got caught up in the moment a little bit."

Senderoff spoke about how hard his team played on Monday - and how they came out with the right mentality.

He also praised Huggins for agreeing to play the Golden Flashes.

"Very few would do what he did - especially with such a young team," Senderoff said. "Look at how many high-major teams played mid-major programs today on the marathon. We really appreciate that."
Posted on: March 22, 2011 10:48 am
 

Tough teams still battling in NIT's final eight

Posted by Eric Angevine

The NIT is an interesting beast. Conference champions who don't get auto-bids go there, as do power-conference teams who feel 'snubbed' by the NCAA selection committee. It's an interesting time to see which teams roll over and give up and which keep on fighting.

Of the notable snubs, a couple have shown that fight. Several haven't. Harvard went out in the first round, which is no shame, but the score was lamentable. A 71-54 loss at Oklahoma State put an early end to one of the finest seasons in Crimson history. Tommy Amaker is getting passing mention as a candidate for a job higher up the totem pole, so there's a lot of doubt surrounding the program at a time when the next step seems to be well within reach.

Last year's champ, Dayton, lost by ten at home to start the tourney. Fifth-seeded Nebraska managed just 49 points in a loss to Wichita State, and Coastal Carolina was rock-bottom in the first round, scoring just 44.  Virginia Tech made the second round as a No. 1 seed, then bowed in OT at home when Wichita State came calling.

Speaking of the Shockers, enough about the letdowns. Let's talk about which teams are setting up to make a trip to Madison Square Garden at the end of March.

Andrew Goudelock could shine at MSG, if he gets thereIn one regional final, 1-seed Alabama and 2-seed Miami meet up. Anthony Grant's Crimson Tide defeated Coastal Carolina and New Mexico to arrive at this juncture. The Hurricanes went through conference champions Florida Atlantic and Missouri State. Frank Haith had a strange, error-filled finish in the ACC tournament. Against Virginia, the mistakes evened out in his favor. Against North Carolina, the breaks went to the other team. The Tide are doubtless looking to prove that their rise in Grant's second season is a meaningful turnaround. Getting to MSG will show real progress on that front.

Next up are No. 1 Colorado and the MAC regular season champs, No. 7 Kent State. Colorado, which seemed poised to make the Big Dance in Tad Boyle's first season, are making up for the snub by cruising past Texas Southern and Cal. The Golden Flashes put the coda on No. 2 St. Mary's postseason collapse in the first round, then nipped Fairfield 72-68 to get one round away from New York City. The talent advantage here is all on the Buffs' side of the court, and Boyle is looking to make a positive statement as his team prepares for Pac-12 play next season.

Rather than sit at home and mope about missing the NCAA tourney again, the No. 4 Northwestern Wildcats have gone on a tear in the NIT. The purple warriors swamped Horizon champs Milwaukee and took down ACC also-ran Boston College to get to this point, where they'll meet No. 2 Washington State. Cougars star Klay Thompson scored 26 in the second round to knock out Oklahoma State, after WSU took care of Long Beach State in round one. It will be interesting to see if this matchup goes the way of veteran coach Bill Carmody or tips to up-and-coming Ken Bone.

The last quarterfinal matchup is very intriguing. In a matchup of mid-major toughs, No. 4 Wichita State will meet Bobby Cremins and No. 6 College of Charleston. The Shockers had an impressive road to this point, and could be favored to cut down some nets in MSG. They beat Nebraska and Virginia Tech -- two teams with fairly strong at-large resumes -- to get here. If there's an equalizer on the other side of the court, it's composed of two parts: Cremins' vast experience, and the seldom-seen play of Andrew Goudelock (right). The 6-foot-2 senior scored 39 in the first round to oust defending NIT champs Dayton, then joined in a more balanced effort to send Cleveland State packing. It's a shame only one of these teams can get to the Garden.

NIT games resume tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET, with Kent State at Colorado on ESPN.

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Posted on: March 12, 2011 12:48 am
Edited on: March 12, 2011 12:56 am
 

MAC championship game preview

Steve McNeeseIt's time for championship-caliber basketball to return to QuickenLoans Arena. March 12 will see a team from Ohio crowned champion on the court.

The participants in the MAC championship game are No. 1 seed Kent State (23-10, 12-4) and No. 6 Akron (22-12, 9-7). The last time a MAC title game was played without one of those two teams in it was 2005, when the Ohio Bobcats edged the Buffalo Bulls for the auto-bid. Even more amazing, this is Akron's fifth straight MAC title game, which they reached this year in spite of a low seed.

The most serious bit of history between the Flashes and Zips came in 2008, when Kent State pounded Akron 74-55 in the final to make it to the NCAA tournament. There have been ample in-season meetings that decided seedings and pure pride as well.

Kent State puts an experienced and balanced team on the floor, led by junior forward Justin Greene (15.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg) alongside fellow upperclassmen Sherman Robinson (13.1 ppg) and Carlton Guyton (12.4 ppg). Akron is led by junior Nikola Cvetinovic, a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 12.2 points and 6.8 rebounds over the course of the season.

The MAC final will be played at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Posted by Eric Angevine

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Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 7, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Conference tourney preview: Mid-American League

This is for all the doubters who think QuickenLoans Arena will never see a championship team now that LeBron is gone. March 8-12, there will be passion, excitement and winning in the home of the Cavaliers again, because the MAC tournament will come to town.

Ohio upset Georgetown in the Big Dance last seasonThe Kent State Golden Flashes (21-10, 12-4) are pretty much MAC royalty. They’ve been in the league’s upper echelon for 13 years running, and have nabbed the top seed in the conference tournament this season. The Flashes are led by 6-foot-8 junior Justin Greene, who paces his squad in scoring (15.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.4). The big man is flanked by two upperclassmen guards in Rodriguez Sherman and Carlton Guyton. Both shoot over 40 percent from deep, making the interior double-team a very dubious proposition for opponents. The Golden Flashes are the favorites to claim the MAC auto bid, but postseason dreams rarely go as planned in the tough Midwestern league, and they know that as well as anyone.

The MAC is divided into two divisions – East and West – and that can make for a bit of illusory superiority sometimes. The four teams that beat Kent State this season were also members of the East division. A quick look at kenpom.com shows a lot of red on the West side of the standings, which means some very bad offenses and defenses live there. It will be primarily up to No. 2 seed Western Michigan (19-11, 11-5) and No. 4 Ball State (18-12, 10-6) to prove the worth of the West when given the chance. The No. 3 Miami Redhawks (16-15, 11-5) are an East team, and will sit out the first round with a bye, as the top four seeds do in the MAC. The first round of competition will get underway on March 8, with the championship game taking place on March 12 in Cleveland.

MAC tournament bracket

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Title game: 6:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, March 12 (ESPN2)


BEST PLAYERS
 

  1. Xavier Silas, Northern Illinois
  2. Julian Mavunga, Miami
  3. Justin Greene, Kent State

 

Conference RPI: 20

KenPom.com rating: 18

Sagarin rating: 17

NCAA Tournament Locks: None

NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams: None

 

Last NCAA Tournament Appearance:

Kent State: 2008 (71-58 loss to UNLV)

Western Michigan: 2004 (71-58 loss to Vanderbilt)

Miami: 2007 (58-56 loss to Oregon)

Ball State: 2000 (65-57 loss to UCLA)

Ohio: 2010 (97-83 win over Georgetown (above), 83-68 loss to Tennessee)

Akron: 2009 (77-64 loss to Gonzaga)

Bowling Green: 1968 (72-71 loss to Marquette)

Buffalo: N/A

Central Michigan: 2003 (79-73 win over Creighton, 86-60 loss to Duke)

Northern Illinois: 1996* (74-73 loss to Texas Tech)

Eastern Michigan: 1998 (83-71 loss to Michigan State)

Toledo: 1980 (94-91 loss to Florida State)

*member of Horizon League

 

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Posted by Eric Angevine

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