As the MAC appears to be a two-team race, this game will be an indicator of how the seeding will develop.
Kent State and Akron are similar in many ways. Both rely on defense and have an offense that does not feature any one player.
Point guard Al Fisher gets the most shots. As the Jim Christian tradition goes, Fisher is a transfer from Redlands Community College in Oklahoma. His assist-to-turnover ratio isn't great, but he is scoring more than he did at junior college.
Everyone remembers Haminn Quaintance, the long-armed post player who gets a lot of rebounds and blocks a lot of shots. Although he leads the MAC in field goal percentage, Quaintance does not have the post moves to create his own shot.
Mike Scott leads the Flashes in scoring. He is a versatile offensive player with post moves and shooting ability. The senior forward is a good rebounder, too.
Akron won't have to worry about Kent State shooting many 3s, but the Flashes do run a swift offense that gets easy buckets. While the strength of Akron's defense is on the perimeter, Kent State's length and size makes it excel at interior defense. If there is one game all season that you can guarantee a close, low-scoring matchup, this is it. Tom Gaffney wrote about what the coaches expect of the atmosphere.
A new commitment...
Josh Richmond, cornerback, Milford Academy, NY Offers: Akron Height: 6-foot-0 Weight: 181 Speed: 4.4 Notes: Rivals.com also listed Richmond last recruiting season, although his speed was 4.6. The site now knocks 0.2 seconds off his 40 time and gives him three stars. Scout.com says Richmond is 6-1, had originally committed to Temple and also had interest in Minnesota. Regardless, this guy has the speed and size to be a standout MAC cornerback.
Two new offers...
Troy Gilmer, running back, Huber Heights, Ohio Offers: Akron Height: 6-1 Weight: 203 Speed: 4.5 Notes: Gilmer has interest in Miami (Ohio), West Virginia and Ohio State, according to Scout.com. Ball State and Ohio are others, Rivals.com says. He's a great athlete, who might be suited more toward fullback or linebacker because of his high motor.
Antoine Thompson, cornerback, Reedly C.C. (Calif.) Offers: Akron and Nevada Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 Speed: 4.4 Notes: He also has interest in North Carolina, West Virginia and Hawaii. Scout.com does not list Thompson.
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