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Catching up

By admin Published: December 11, 2008

I know it’s been a while and I apologize. Finals week left me fairly well drained. Anyways, Now would be as good a time as ever to do a quick run down of some of the Kent State happenings.

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Ouch, a five game losing streak, isn’t exactly what is expected out of a Kent State team that has been dominant the last 10 years, but a lot of it has to do with scheduling. Over the past few years, KSU has played a lot of schools like New Hampshire and Shawnee State during their non conference slate.

Illinois, Kansas, St. Mary’s and Texas A&M is definitely a bit of an upgrade and I really didn’t expect them to win many, if any, during that stretch.

Kent State likes to think of itself as an elite mid-major program and prides itself on the 10-year winning streak and the 2002 Elite Eight run. In order for the Flashes to make noise that can be heard outside of Northeast Ohio they must schedule like this more often.

That type of scheduling will come with losses, but will make them a better team. For as much as I hear about the things Kent State has done the last 10 years, I am one of the ones who doesn't really see it. Jim Christian never even won an NIT team game while he was coach. So what will another 20 win season actually do other than give more complacency?

No one ever talks about Miami of Ohio as they head into conference play. They are typically at or below .500 at that time. Yet the RedHawks are always a force when it comes to the tournament. No one in the MAC plays as tough of a schedule.

The five-game losing streak has shown how good of a player Brandon Parks is. To be completely honest, I never thought that Parks would be able to carry this team on his back. He currently is. I just wish Kent State would use him a little bit more now.

I missed the Western Carolina game, but from what I’ve seen this offense has very little continuity. They are running the NBA: run down the court and chuck it up offense.

Working inside out by going to Parks more could help out with some of that, especially in the second half of the St. Marys game. There were times were Parks was double and triple teamed.

On a side note, I ran across this for all those Trevor Hoffman lovers of the world. It’s not much, but it’s his first Portuguese dunk, that should mean something.

BASEBALL

Kent State junior pitcher Brad Stillings is already picking up a few off season accolades. The 6-3, 200 pound righthander is currently listed as the 51st best draft prospect by Baseball America.

Junior teammate Kyle Smith has also been listed in Baseball America prospect lists, according to a press release from Kent State. Smith is the 51st best Collegiate prospect.

Senior first baseman Greg Rohan and sophomore outfielder Ben Klafczynksi have been named to the preseason Brooks Wallace Player of the Year “Watch list,” according to a Kent State press release.

FOOTBALL

While I was doing a little bit of Internet skimming I came across this little nugget of fun over at the MACBBS board. It was in a post by the user Alphaflash….

Kent State beat Buffalo…
Who beat Akron…
Who beat Syracuse…
Who beat Notre Dame…
Who beat Navy…
Who beat Wake Forest…
Who beat Florida State…
Who beat Maryland…
Who beat UNC…
Who beat Rutgers…
Who beat Pitt…
Who beat Iowa…
Who beat Penn St….
Who beat Oregon St.…
Who beat USC…
Who beat Va Tech…
Who beat Virginia…
Who beat Georgia Tech…
Who beat Mississippi St.…
Who beat Vanderbilt…
Who beat Ole Miss…
Who beat Florida…
Who beat-Alabama…
Which means Kent State should be playing for the BCS National Championship game.

Good stuff, Alphaflash.

Personally I didn’t get much further than the reciprocal notion that Kent State beat Buffalo and Buffalo beat Akron. After reading those two lines it forced me to remember that Akron beat Kent State.

All of the sudden I felt like I was put in a round room and told to pee in the corner. When has Mid-American Conference football, especially the East Division, ever made sense?

From a journalism perspective these schools are always extremely interesting to cover. On Media Day it is legitimately anyone’s conference to win, Although I think Buffalo was the East preseason favorite (I think, I didn’t fact check that. Does that make me a bad journalist?). One injury here, or a spat with the coach there… Or in Kent State’s case a muffed punt here and a few missed kicks and ill-timed fumbles there; It’s right back to the cellar. MAC football is truly a mixed bag.

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