Akron (12-4, 3-0) at Kent State (11-6, 2-1)
When: 3 p.m. today.
Where: M.A.C. Center.
Radio/TV: WHLO (640-AM), WARF (1350-AM)/ESPNU.
Notebook: The Zips started strong in conference play, earning home victories against Western Michigan and Ball State around a win at Northern Illinois. … The Zips have won eight in a row, outscoring opponents by 18.9 points per game and outrebounding them by 11.6. UA hasn’t won nine in a row since 2007. … Senior center Zeke Marshall leads three Zips in double-figure scoring at 12.3 points per game. He’s followed by junior forwards Nick Harney (10.8) and Demetrius Treadwell (10.1). … After losing to visiting Toledo in its conference opener, KSU rebounded with wins at Ball State and Buffalo. … The Flashes have lost four in a row to the Zips, including all three last season, the last a 78-74 semifinal loss in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. … Senior guards Chris Evans (17.1 points per game) and Randal Holt (14.2) account for 44.3 percent of the Flashes’ offense, the MAC’s third-highest scoring guard team. … Evans is one of two players ranked in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding (7.7) and steals (1.9) in the MAC. … Holt is one 3-pointer shy of becoming KSU’s fourth player to reach 200 career 3-pointers, tying Armon Gates and current assistant coach Eric Haut for second place. … The Flashes lead the all-time series 69-66 and are 46-23 against the Zips at home.
— Stephanie Storm