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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: M.A.C. Center (6,327) -- Kent, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: BGSU 10-4, KSU 10-6. Away Record: BGSU 1-11, KSU 7-6. Neutral Record: BGSU 1-2, KSU 0-0. Conference Record: BGSU 6-8, KSU 7-7. Series Record: Bowling Green leads, 82-67.
GAME NOTES: The Kent State Golden Flashes seek their sixth win in seven games as they host the Bowling Green Falcons at the M.A.C. Center for a Mid-American Conference matchup.
The Golden Flashes will also be looking to avenge a 70-55 setback they suffered to BGSU on Jan. 23 at the Stroh Center. Chauncey Orr scored 18 points and A'uston Calhoun added a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Falcons past KSU in the first chapter of the season series. Randal Holt tallied 17 points for the Golden Flashes, who now trail in the all-time series, 82-67.
Bowling Green continued its trend of alternating wins with losses over the weekend as it was defeated, 78-65, at home by Ohio. BGSU's loss to the Bobcats lowered it to a 6-8 standing in league action, which is the second wort mark in the East Division. Coach Louis Orr's unit is just the 10th most productive in terms of scoring offense in the MAC at 62.8 ppg, but it is the fourth best on the other end with only 63.3 points allowed per game.
Calhoun snapped a two-game streak of being held in single-digits against Ohio as he went 8-of-14 from the field en route to a team-high 24 points, which he accompanied with seven rebounds. None of his teammates managed to join him in double-figures though as they connected on only 16-of-36 from the field. Calhoun (15.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Jordon Crawford (14.9 ppg, 4.3 apg) are the leaders regularly. Richaun Holmes has already set a school single-season record with 67 blocked shots.
Kent State comes in sporting a 17-12 overall record and has climbed back to .500 in Mid-American Conference play after reeling off five wins in its past six outings. Coach Rob Senderoff's team easily coasted past Miami-Ohio for a 78-58 victory on Saturday. Chris Evans produced 21 points and six rebounds while Kris Brewer dealt out nine assists. Randal Holt chipped in 19 points and knocked down 5-of-9 from beyond the arc while Devareaux Manley shot 4-of-5 from beyond the arc for 12 points off the bench to help power the win.
The Golden Flashes are one of the most explosive teams in the MAC as they produce 72.6 ppg versus league foes. However, they have given up 68.9 ppg to their conference rivals which is the second worst mark in the 12-team league. This will be a key game for KSU as it finished the weekend tied with Buffalo and Eastern Michigan in the conference standings. Evans will be leading the charge as he enters with impressive averages of 17.0 points and 7.6 boards per tilt. Holt adds 14.4 ppg on 37.0 percent shooting from the field to the mix.
BGSU is going to have trouble in this one as it has managed to collect just one win in 12 true road tests so far. KSU has not fallen at home sine Jan. 26 when Ohio visited the M.A.C. Center and showed it can be a tough team by downing the likes of Nebraska, Arkansas State and Buffalo already.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kent State 67, Bowling Green 60
03/05 10:44:48 ET