Men's Basketball Preview: Kent State vs. Arkansas State

By Allen Moff | Staff writer Published:

• Who: Arkansas State (6-4) vs. Kent State (6-5)

• When/Where: Tonight, 7 p.m./M.A.C. Center.

• Radio: WHLO 640 AM.

• Head Coaches: John Brady, Arkansas State (67-70, 5th season); Rob Senderoff, Kent State (27-17, 2nd season).

• 2011-12 Records: Arkansas State 14-20; Kent State 21-12.

• Series: Tied 1-1.

• Last Meeting: Kent State defeated host Arkansas State 69-54 last season behind Randal Holt's 17 points.

• Kent State Leaders: Senior forward Chris Evans leads the Flashes in scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg), and leads the MAC in steals (2.4 spg). Senior guard Randal Holt is second in scoring (12.9 ppg), while junior forward Mark Henniger is second in rebounding (4.1 rpg).

• Scouting Arkansas State: The Red Wolves have won two of their last three games, including a 73-70 home win over St. Bonaventure. ... Six-foot junior guard Ed Townsel is Arkansas State's top scorer this season at 14.6 per game. Brandon Peterson, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, is averaging 11.9 points and a team-best 10.2 rebounds.

• Flash Facts: Kent State and Arkansas State will meet on the hardwood just 13 days before the same two schools collide on the football field in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala. ... The Flashes snapped a three-game losing streak with a 77-48 victory over winless St. Francis (Pa.) on Thursday. ... Holt needs just one more 3-pointer to move into a tie for fourth all-time at Kent State with 2012 Olympian Nate Reinking. Holt has struggled with his shooting of late, hitting just 9-of-45 shots from the field (20 percent) over his last four games and 3-of-20 3-pointers in his last two outings.

• Senderoff on Arkansas State: "The are very, very good. Big and physical. Every bit as good as us, if not better. And we beat them out there last year, so they're gonna want to play. It's going to be a very tough game. We have to find a way to win."

• Next: The Golden Flashes will have eight days off for Christmas break before returning to action Dec. 30 at home against Fairmont State.

• Countdown to Akron: 28 days.

-- Allen Moff

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