ESPNU to televise Kent State's February revenge matchup with Ohio

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Record-Courier staff report

The Kent State men's basketball team's matchup with Ohio University on Feb. 16 will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

The game, which is scheduled for a 11 a.m. EST tipoff, will be played in Athens and will be the second game for Jim Christian against his former Golden Flashes team. Christian was the head coach at KSU from 2002-08.

The Bobcats and Flashes just met on Saturday, with Ohio capturing a 69-68 victory inside the M.A.C. Center in Kent.

The Bobcats (15-5, 6-0 MAC) have won seven straight following Saturday's victory over the Golden Flashes. Ohio's win over Kent State marked the first time since the 1973-74 season in which the Cats have opened the season 6-0 in league games. It also marked the first time since the 1992-93 campaign in which Ohio had gone 3-0 on the road to open conference play.

Ohio's D.J. Cooper has won MAC Player of the Week honors four times this season and became the first Ohio player to ever record 300 career steals this weekend. Cooper has also recorded 855 assists for his career, which moved him into a tie for 20th place on the NCAA Division I all-time assists list and is also an Ohio career record.

The Golden Flashes (11-9, 2-4 MAC) have dropped three straight contests. Kent State's two seniors, Chris Evans (17.1 ppg) and Randal Holt (14.0 ppg), combine to average 31.1 points per game, which is the third-highest scoring duo in the MAC this season, trailing Rian Pearson and Julius Brown of Toledo, along with Jordon Crawford and A'uston Calhoun of Bowling Green.

All 12 MAC teams will be in action on Wednesday night, with the Akron Zips at Bowling Green game being televised live by SportsTime Ohio at 7 p.m.

Kent State will be on the road looking to snap a three-game losing streak against the Northern Illinois Huskies.

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