Kent State (11-7) at Bowling Green (6-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 23, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Stroh Center (4,280) -- Bowling Green, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: KSU 6-5, BGSU 5-2. Away Record: KSU 5-2, BGSU 0-7. Neutral Record: KSU 0-0, BGSU 1-2. Conference Record: KSU 2-2, BGSU 1-3. Series Record: Bowling Green leads, 81-67.
GAME NOTES: The Kent State Golden Flashes hope to continue to be road warriors as they take on the Bowling Green Falcons at the Stroh Center in a Mid- American Conference tilt.
The Golden Flashes are 5-2 in true road tests this season, making them the only team in the conference with a winning record away from home. Coach Rob Senderoff's team is coming off a hard-fought, 71-67, setback to Akron on Saturday. The loss dropped Kent State to an 11-7 overall record including its 2-2 MAC standing. The team has used senior leadership to fuel its engine this season. Chris Evans (17.2 ppg) and Randal Holt (13.8 ppg), combine to average 31.0 points per game which accounts for 44 percent of the Golden Flashes' scoring. Evans also paces the team in steals (1.9) and rebounds (7.7).
Bowling Green's last three games have all been decided on the final shot of the contest. The Falcons return home after a pair of three-point road losses to Miami-Ohio and Buffalo. The two setbacks lowered Bowling Green to a 1-3 league record, but it has a good chance to get back on track at the Stroh Center, where it is 5-2 on the year. Coach Louis Orr's squad has a dynamic senior scoring combo of its own in Jordon Crawford (16.5) and A'uston Calhoun (16.1). The 5-foot-6 Crawford's lighting quick first step has helped him run the show for BGSU as he deals out 3.8 assists and swipes 1.7 steals per contest. Calhoun is active on the glass to grab 7.4 rpg, while Richaun Holmes rejected 2.7 shots per tilt.
After these schools split their season series a year ago, BGSU holds an 81-67 all-time series lead against Kent State.
In the loss to Akron, Evans finished with a team-high 19 points and seven boards as KSU saw its winning streak halted at two games. Darren Goodson and Kris Brewer each scored 14. The Golden Flashes, who rank third in the MAC in scoring with 70.3 ppg, were held under their season average as they shot 35.2 percent from the floor. KSU will look to use the 3-point arc in its attempt to bounce back. It ranks second in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (34.9) and 3-point field goal defensive percentage (32.3).
Buffalo defeated Bowling Green after it held Calhoun and Crawford to a combined 11-of-36 (30.5 percent) shooting from the field. The team shot 50 percent from beyond the arc, but it was not enough to maintain the 33-25 halftime lead. The Falcons are one of the better defensive teams in the MAC, limiting their opposition to a tied for third best 63.1 ppg. However, they are 10th with a mere 61.5 ppg.
Bowling Green's games have went down to the wire recently and there is a very high chance that trend will continue. Kent State's one-two punch should keep it in the contest until the end, where it will be anybody's to steal.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kent State 67, Bowling Green 65
01/23 10:34:57 ET