Kent State (11-7) at Toledo (16-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 26, 6 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Savage Arena (7,300) -- Toledo, Ohio. Television: TWC. Home Record: KSU 8-4, Toledo 9-0. Away Record: KSU 3-3, Toledo 5-2. Neutral Record: KSU 0-0, Toledo 2-0. Conference Record: KSU 2-3, Toledo 4-1. Series Record: Toledo leads, 79-45.
GAME NOTES: The top team in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference, the Toledo Rockets put their four-game win streak on the line this evening as they host the Kent State Golden Flashes at Savage Arena.
Not only is Toledo alone at the top of the division with a 4-1 mark, the squad also owns the best overall record among MAC programs with 16 wins and only two defeats. The Rockets were last in action four nights ago versus Northern Illinois and captured a 77-68 win at home, moving them to a perfect 9-0 in their own building.
As for the Golden Flashes, they are 2-3 in MAC play after losing consecutive outings. First, KSU bowed to Buffalo eight days ago in New York, 71-60, and then followed that up with a disappointing 75-59 setback versus Western Michigan at home on Thursday night.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, the Rockets are ahead by a count of 79-45. Toledo is aiming for back-to-back wins in the series for the first time since 1998 and 2000.
The Golden Flashes buried themselves with some atrocious shooting versus Western Michigan a few nights back, hitting only 32.3 percent from the field, 7-of-29 (.241) behind the 3-point line, and 10-of-18 at the free-throw line. The only double-digit scorers for the program were Kris Brewer and Darren Goodson with 10 points apiece.
On the season, Brewer is the top scorer for the group with his 12.5 ppg, shooting just 40.9 percent from the field, not to mention coming up with 48 assists which is one more than Goodson (9.9 ppg) for the moment. Derek Jackson checks in with another 10.7 ppg, but as a whole the group is putting up 72.6 ppg while converting 42.2 percent from the field.
Justin Drummond registered his first double-double as a member of the Rockets on Wednesday night as he dropped in 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the win against Northern Illinois at Savage Arena. Julius Brown connected on 3-of-5 shots beyond the arc to arrive at 15 points, followed by Rian Pearson and Nathan Boothe with 10 points apiece for a squad that converted 7-of-15 out on the perimeter in the meeting.
Pearson continues to pace the team in scoring this season with his 14.7 ppg, but Drummond, who transferred to Toledo after playing two years at Loyola Maryland, is coming on strong with 14.4 ppg as he shoots 53.6 percent from the field. Brown has also proven to be a strong performer in the scoring category with his 14.2 ppg, but he is perhaps more valued for keeping his teammates involved by handing out 117 assists.
Without much of an offense to speak of, at least not one that can generate significant points when needed, the Golden Flashes will have a difficult time keeping up with Toledo today.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Toledo 74, Kent State 60
01/26 10:45:16 ET