Kent State men's basketball will play at Central Michigan tonight at 7:00 p.m. It will match the East leader (KSU, 16-7, 7-2) and the West leading Chippewas (11-9, 6-2).
• Kent State has won 15 straight against MAC West opponents. The Golden Flashes last loss came on Feb. 2, 2008 at Toledo.
• During the six game winning streak the Golden Flashes are averaging 36.7 points per game in the paint. Kent State has won the last 10 games when the team has scored at least 30 points in the paint.
• Kent State leads the MAC in three-point field goal percentage defense during MAC play (25.4 percent) while Central Michigan is first with 7.6 three-pointers made per game.
• Kent State is the only MAC team with four players averaging in double figures, yet only one KSU player (Rodriquez Sherman - 20th) ranks top 20 in the league for minutes played.
• The Golden Flashes have shot over 50 percent in four of the last six games and are shooting 50.5 percent during the six game win streak.
• Kent State has a 39-29 edge in the series having won eight straight overall and 15 straight regular season meetings.
• Kent State has won the last 10 meetings at Central Michigan, but CMU still owns a 17-15 mark at home in the series that first dates back to 1950.
This is a big game for the Central Michigan program. From The Morning Sun...
"This is definitely the biggest game we have had here in a while," CMU senior guard Robbie Harman said. "We have Kent State and they are obviously the best team over in the east. This is just going to be big for everything in terms of where we are seeded in the conference and how we feel about ourselves as a team."
"Kent State has perenially been the best team in the MAC for the past 10 years," Zeigler said of today's game. "It is an important game because of the conversations that take place about the differences in the MAC East and the MAC West. We are going to roll our sleeves up and get ready to play a great team."
"Kent State has great balance and they really look to push things on offense," Zeigler said. "It will be a great challenge for us to see if we can compete to be at the top of the conference."
"I implore each and every student and everyone in the community to come out and support this team. We are doing something special," Zeigler said. "People need to get excited about our basketball team. It is basketball season. Football will come back here in the fall. They will play spring ball in the spring but right now, let's focus our attention on the men's basketball team that is out here fighting and busting their behinds, doing something really good and special right now."