Kent State men's basketball prepares to square off with Loyola Maryland in CollegeInsider.com Tournament second round

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What: CollegeInsider.com Tournament Second Round

Who: Kent State (21-13) vs. Loyola Maryland (22-11)

When/Where: Today, 3 p.m./Reitz Arena in Baltimore.

Radio: WHLO 640 AM

Head Coaches: Rob Senderoff, Kent State (42-25, 2nd season); Jimmy Patsos, Loyola Maryland (9th season).

Series: Kent State leads 2-0.

Kent State Leaders: Senior forward Chris Evans leads the Flashes in scoring (16.3 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg), and steals (2.0 spg). Senior guard Randal Holt is second on the team in scoring (14.7 ppg). He has made a school-record 88 3-pointers while shooting 39.1 percent from long range, and shoots 85.6 percent from the free-throw line. Sophomore guard Kris Brewer is third on the team in scoring (9.2 points, 2.7 assists), followed by junior forward Darren Goodson (8.3 points, 3.7 rebounds).

Scouting Loyola Maryland: The Greyhounds earned their first-ever Division I postseason win by overcoming a 15-point second-half deficit to defeat Boston 70-63 at home on Tuesday. They are 12-3 at home this season. … Loyola Maryland won a school-record 24 games last year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, losing to Ohio State in its opener. … The Greyhounds are led by 6-foot-2 junior guard Dylor Cormier and 6-7 senior forward Erik Etherly, a pair of All-MAAC performers.

Cormier leads his team in scoring at 16.5 points per game, and also averages 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per contest.

Etherly leads the Greyhounds in rebounding (6.3 rpg), and averages 15.6 points an outing. Robert Olson, a 6-5 senior guard, chips in 12.8 points per game and has hit 71 3-pointers.

Flash Facts: Holt kept the Flashes' season alive by hitting a layup with 3.4 seconds left to give his team a 73-71 victory over Fairfield in its CIT opener on Wednesday. … Evans has played through a nagging ankle injury the past two games and has struggled, scoring 12 total points on 3-of-18 shooting from the field. He did not practice on Thursday or Friday, and will likely be a game-time decision. Sophomore guard Devareaux Manley suffered a bruised knee in Wednesday's contest, but is expected to play today. ... Fairfield and Loyola Maryland both play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds defeated the Stags by five points in both regular season matchups, one of which went into overtime. ... Kent State is making its 14th postseason appearance and third trip to the CIT. The Flashes reached 20 wins for the 14th time in the past 15 seasons with a 70-68 victory over Buffalo in the third round of the MAC Tournament, then lost to eventual champion Akron 62-59 in the semifinals. … Kent State has won nine of its last 11 games and had a six-game winning streak snapped by the Zips. … The Flashes and Western Michigan are the only MAC teams still alive in postseason play.

Senderoff on Loyola Maryland: "They're gonna be a tough matchup for us. They have two first-team all-conference players (Cormier and Etherly), and they're a really good offensive team. They do a lot of different things defensively, really mix things up from man-to-man to press to zone. Coach (Patsos) has done a really good job making their program relevant. It's gonna be a challenge."

Next: The winner advances to the quarterfinals of the CIT. The opponent, date and site of the next matchup will be announced after the second round is complete.

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