The Kent State women's basketball team (20-10) will play at Michigan tonight in the first round of the WNIT. The postseason trip is Kent State's first since a 2004 trip to the WNIT. Michigan comes in at 17-13 and 8-10 in the Big Ten, good for a tie for sixth overall. Should Kent State win, they will take on the winner of the Toledo @ Pittsburgh game. Game time is at 7:00 p.m.
Kent State game notes
Michigan game notes
MEN PREPARE FOR ILLINOIS - The men's basketball team is preparing for their second round NIT game at Illinois on Monday night at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU. Here is a little perspective from the Illinois media.
BOBCATS KEEP IT GOING - The Ohio Bobcats continued their magical ride, upsetting the Georgetown Hoyas last night in Providence 97-83. The dynamic backcourt of D.J. Cooper and Armon Bassett were at it again with Cooper scoring 23 points and Bassett with 32. Ohio will meet Tennessee on Saturday afternoon at approximately 3:35 p.m. The win was the MAC's first NCAA tournament win since 2003.
RECRUIT UPDATE - Kent State men's basketball recruit Mark Henninger led his team to a 58-56 win over Akron East last night in a Division I Regional Semifinal at the JAR in Akron. Jim Isabella was on hand to cover the game.
The hero of the game turned out to be Mark Henninger, the only Jackson player that played a consistent offensive game.
Henninger, a senior, made two free throws with 10.2 seconds left that turned out to be the difference. A Kent State recruit, Henninger scored 29 points, 20 in the first half when he made 9-of-11 field goals, and finished with 11-of-15 and 7-of-9 free throws.
The winning points came after Steve Thomas of East had tied the score at 56 with 19 seconds left. An alert Henninger sprinted down the floor off the make and was fouled going to the basket.
''This guy [Henninger] runs the floor well and he saw C.J. [Julian] seal off that guy so he could go the basket,'' Fuline said.
Henninger admitted he was concerned with the Polar Bears trailing 50-45 with 4:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.
''You always get worried, but you have to battle and realize this is our last chance, especially the seniors. With all the experience we have, you have to battle and finish the game,'' Henninger said.
It will be interesting to see if Henninger can step in next year and contribute right away, or if a redshirt season is in his future.
Not to be out done, Eric Gaines is also leading his team in the state playoffs at Hillcrest High School in Chicago. Here is a story on Gaines from the Chicago Tribune and another story on ESPNChicago.com.
JARVIS STORY ON ESPN.COM - Kent State running back Eugene Jarvis recently had a story about him appear on ESPN.com, written by Graham Watson. Check it out.
MITCHEFF AND KILGORE ADVANCE AT NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS - Danny Mitcheff and Dustin Kilgore each went 2-0 and advanced to the quarterfinals at the sold out Qwest Center during day one of the NCAA Championships. Day two of competition will begin today at 10:30 a.m.