Ohio (14-5, 5-0) at Kent State (11-8, 2-3)
Time: 6 tonight.
Where: M.A.C. Center.
Radio/TV: WHLO (640-AM); SportsTime Ohio and ESPN3.
Notes: Kent State is seeking its first MAC home win. … The Flashes are coming off back-to-back losses to the University of Akron and Bowling Green. … The Bobcats are riding high, buoyed by a perfect league mark that is part of a six-game winning streak. They have not lost since Dec. 29 at Oklahoma. … In addition to OU coach Jim Christian, former KSU point guard Omni Smith is also making a return to the M.A.C Center, his first as OU’s graduate assistant. Smith played at Kent State for two seasons (2005-07), averaging 10.8 points per game. ... KSU’s bench has been streaky. In the Flashes’ 11 wins, the reserves have provided 26.8 points per game. In the eight losses, they are averaging 17.4. … KSU senior guard Chris Evans is the only MAC player to rank among the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage, steals and minutes. … Ohio senior guard D.J. Cooper is a 2013 Cousy Award Finalist who ranks second nationally with 8.3 assists per game.
— Stephanie Storm