After winning the MAC regular season championship for the fourth time in school history, the Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team will begin the MAC tournament on Thursday night when they take on the Ohio Bobcats at 7:00 p.m. at The Q in downtown Cleveland.
While much has been made about the easier road in the tournament and unfavorable match ups, Kent State will win if they can use a familiar formula that they used all season. Defense, rebounding, making hustle plays and TOUGHNESS. Kent State is the toughest, most physical team in the league. They have an opportunity to make this special season even better and it starts tonight.
I will be at The Q all day starting around 11:00 a.m. to watch all four ballgames today. I have gone to this tournament every year since it has been in Cleveland, since I was in 8th grade! I can't wait to get there. I will have my Kent State coverage up at some point late tonight or early Friday morning.
“They are playing their best basketball," Ohio coach John Groce said. "I've watched their Akron film, and they were unbelievable, phenomenal - maybe the best I've seen a MAC team play in any given game in my two years (at Ohio). They're playing lights out."
TV: Fox Sports Ohio (alternate channel)
Kent State game notes
Ohio game notes