Miami-Ohio (8-14) at Kent State (13-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 13, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: M.A.C. Center (9,000) -- Kent, Ohio. Television: SportsTime Ohio. Home Record: Miami 5-6, KSU 8-6. Away Record: Miami 3-8, KSU 5-5. Neutral Record: Miami 0-0, KSU 0-0. Conference Record: Miami 3-7, KSU 4-6. Series Record: Miami-Ohio leads, 86-44.
GAME NOTES: The Miami-Ohio RedHawks look to duplicate the strong performance they put on over the weekend as they clash with the Kent State Golden Flashes for Mid-American Conference action at the M.A.C. Center.
Miami owns a sizeable 86-44 all-time series lead versus Kent State, but the Golden Flashes have won the last three encounters in the rivalry. This will be the first time these schools take the floor against one another this season with a rematch scheduled for March 2, in Oxford.
The RedHawks suffered their sixth loss in seven games on Saturday in heartbreaking fashion as they surrendered a double-digit halftime lead against the conference leading Akron Zips before sustaining a 54-50 loss. The setback downed their league record to 3-7, which put them in sole possession of last place in the East Division standings.
Coach John Cooper's unit shot 41.7 percent from the floor while limiting the Zips to only 39.6 percent accuracy on their field goals. Allen Roberts had his third straight strong showing with 11 points. Freshman guard Reggie Johnson scored a 10 points, while Drew McGhee tallied 10 points and six boards in 21 minutes off the bench.
Miami is averaging 4.3 points less than its opposition this season. The RedHawks are normally one of the most generous teams in the MAC, allowing 69.0 ppg on 47.4 percent shooting from the field. Roberts is leading Miami with 12.9, while Felder (11.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and Johnson (9.1 ppg) are both capable of lighting up the scoreboard on occasion.
Rob Senderoff's Golden Flashes picked up their second win in three outings on Saturday as they coasted past Central Michigan in an 87-72 victory at home, where they are now 8-6 on the campaign. The triumph placed KSU at a 13-11 overall record and in a three-way tie for third place in the East Division standings with a 4-6 mark in league action. The Golden Flashes are led primarily by the dynamic duo of Chris Evans and Randal Holt. Evans is posting team-highs of 16.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game, while converting at the high-rate of 49.4 percent from the floor. Holt is shooting only 35.0 percent from the field to net 14.1 ppg. The tandem has helped KSU to the third-highest scoring offense (70.5) in the conference, but it is just a middle of the road team on the other end of the court with an allowed average of 67.7 ppg.
In the win over CMU, Evans scored 19 points to lead all five starters in double figures for the Kent State. Darren Goodson added 18 points, Kris Brewer tallied 16 points and seven assists, Randal Holt contributed 15 points and Mark Henniger chipped in 10 points in the collective effort. The Golden Flashes pumped in 11-of-22 shots from beyond the arc and outscored Central Michigan, 28-22, in the paint.
Miami's strong effort against Akron went to waste as it crumbled over the final 20 minutes. It will need another strong effort as it goes on the road into the M.A.C. Center against the Golden Flashes, who seem to be gaining momentum at a perfect time for a late run.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kent State 70, Miami-Ohio 65
02/13 10:32:14 ET