Akron (14-6) at Kent State (11-9)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 1, 6 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: MAC Center (6,327) -- Kent, Ohio. Television: TWC Sports
Channel, ESPN3. Home Record: Akron 8-1, KSU 8-5. Away Record: Akron 5-3, KSU
3-4. Neutral Record: Akron 1-2, KSU 0-0. Conference Record: Akron 6-1, KSU
2-5. Series Record: Kent State leads, 70-68.
GAME NOTES: The Akron Zips will try to protect their first place position in
the Mid-American Conference standings as they visit the MAC Center to take on
the Kent State Golden Flashes.
Akron notched its third consecutive victory on Wednesday as it completed a
73-46 rout of Ball State at home. The Zips hold a one-game lead over Ohio
University and Buffalo in the East Division race thanks to their recent surge,
which has left them with a 6-1 conference record. Coach Keith Drambot's team
has won eight of its last nine games overall. Akron is ranked second in MAC
games in scoring with an average of 72.6 ppg.
Kent State will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak that was extended
on Wednesday with its 50-49 home setback to Northern Illinois. The recent
slide has dropped the Golden Flashes to a 11-9 overall standing, which
includes an 8-5 mark at the MAC Center. Coach Rob Senderoff's squad set a new
season-low for points against the Huskies, but it is still ranked fourth in
the MAC in scoring offense at 71.7 ppg.
Kent State holds a 70-68 advantage in its rivalry versus Akron. The Zips have
won seven of the last nine in the series to narrow the deficit to just two
Demetrius Treadwell and Nick Harney each finished with 15 points in the Zips'
lopsided win over the Cardinals on Wednesday. Kwan Cheatham Jr. got into the
mix with 14 points and Reggie McAdams scored 11 points. Akron made 48.1
percent of its field goal attempts including 10 shots from beyond the arc and
converted 13-of-14 tries at the charity stripe. Treadwell has been a force on
the interior all season en route to team-high averages of 13.9 ppg and 8.3
rpg. Quincy Diggs is second in both categories with 12.4 ppg and 4.5 rpg. The
Zips have plenty of shooters on their roster and pace the MAC in makes from
beyond the arc per game at 7.7.
The Golden Flashes could not get anything to fall on Wednesday as they
finished the contest 16-of-46 from the floor and 6-of-20 from behind the 3-
point line. Darren Goodson connected on 4-of-8 shots from the floor for a
game-high 10 points, but none of his teammates managed to reach double figures
in the scoring column. Kris Brewer really struggled from the field, missing
all seven off his shots while Kellon Thomas (1-of-5) and Derek Jackson (1-
of-5) also had poor showings. Brewer is netting a team-high 12.1 ppg despite
being held to 39.7 percent efficiency from the field. Three of his teammates,
including Jackson (10.8 ppg) and Darren Goodson (10.3 ppg) are contributing
over nine ppg.
The Golden Flashes have been disappointing in league play so far. They will
need Melvin Tabb (6-9, 225) and Mark Henniger (6-9, 230) to step up on the
inside to prevent Treadwell from taking over. Akron's biggest weakness has
been its ball control and KSU does a good job of forcing its opposition into
mistakes. The Golden Flashes are talented enough to stifle the Zips if they
can find a way to regain their early season momentum.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kent State 70, Akron 68
02/01 10:14:23 ET
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