KENT, Ohio- The Kent State men’s basketball team is back on the road as the Flashes travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. to take on Western Michigan on Tuesday at University Arena. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Kent State (12-5, 9-4) vs. Western Michigan (4-12, 3-8)
Tuesday, Feb. 16 | University Arena| 7 PM
Radio: Dave Wilson (pbp), Kent State Radio, Tune-In
WESTERN MICHIGAN HEAD COACH
Record at WMU: 4-12
KENT STATE HEAD COACH
Record at Kent State: 193-126 (10th season)
Kent State leads the all-time series, 65-58
Kent State is 8-5 against the Broncos under head coach Rob Senderoff.
Earlier this season, Kent State came away with an 80-54 wictory over the Broncos. The story of the game was Kent State outscoring the Broncos 53-27 in the second half.
LAST TIME OUT
The Kent State men’s basketball team improved to 12-5 overall and 9-4 in MAC play after taking down NIU, 80-58. Malique Jacobs led the way with 13 points, three rebounds, and five assists, while four other Flashes reached double-digits. Justyn Hamilton added 12 points and three boards, while Danny Pippen, Giovanni Santiago ended with 11. The Flashes held NIU to 20 points on 25% shooting in the first half. It was the third time Kent State has held an opponent to fewer than 60 points this season. Kent State dished out a season-high 20 assists in the game while also scoring 20 points off 14 NIU miscues.
On the season, the Flashes are shooting 45.3 percent from the floor and 34.1 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Kent State has held its opponents to 71.1 points per game on 41.0 percent shooting from the floor and 33.0 percent from long range.
– The Flashes have three players averaging in double figures in Nuga (17.8), Pippen (20.3), and Beck (11.0)
– In Pippen’s his last seven games, Pippen has notched a double-double in four giving him seven on the season., ranking 24th in the nation and first in MAC stats
– Pippen ranks 23rd in the country and 2nd in the league in points per game (20.3)
– As a team, Kent State is 2nd in the league in FG percentage defense (41.0)
-The Flashes are the 33rd-ranked team in the country in rebound margin (6.3 and lead MAC stats
-KSU ranks 31st in the country and 2nd the MAC in scoring offense (79.9)
– The Flashes are 2nd in conference stats in scoring defense (71.1)
-As a team, KSU ranks 5th in conference in forced turnovers (13.12)
-Flashes rank 16th in the country in total rebounds per game (40.47) and rank 2nd in league stats.
-KSU ranks 14th in the nation and 2nd in league in offensive rebounds per game (13.24)
-Senior Justyn Hamilton ranks 57h in the country in offensive rebounds per game (2.88) and leads the conference. He also ranks 5th in league in rebounds per game (7.1)
-Pippen ranks 38th in the nation and 3rd in the league in rebounds per game (9.1)
–Malique Jacobs ranks 30th in the nation and is 4th conference stats in steals per game (1.82)
-Pippen leads the league with (1.47) total blocked shots per game and total blocks (22).
– Kent State’s Danny Pippen, Justyn Hamilton and Tervell Beck have combined to account for 45 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 50 percent of all Golden Flashes points over the last five games.
-Kent State has an assist on 44 of 75 field goals (58.6 percent) over its previous three games
SCOUTING WESTERN MICHIGAN
The Broncos, stand (4-12, 3-8 MAC) under the direction of head coach Clayton Bates after falling 86-54 at Buffalo. White was the lone Bronco to score in double figures on Friday night, registering 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field. Lee had nine points and nine rebounds.
WMU has two players scoring in double figures in White (14.1), Lee (12.3), and Beane (10.8). Lee leads the team averaging 7.6 rebounds.
As a team the Huskies are averaging 63.1 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting from the field and 32.4 percent from long range.
Defensively, WMU has held its opponents to score 71.4 per game on 43.4 percent shooting from the field and 29.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The Broncos have 167 turnovers (10.0 tpg) while collecting 72 steals (5.6 stl/g) On the glass, the Broncos have been out rebounded by their opponents 577-544 for a -2.1 rebounding margin.
WAYS TO FOLLOW