Men's Basketball Preview: Kennesaw State at Kent State

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer Published:

THE DETAILS

Records: Kennesaw State (3-6), Kent State (7-1).

When/Where: Today, 2 p.m./M.A.C. Center.

Radio: WHLO 640 AM.

Head Coaches: Lewis Preston, Kennesaw State (6-55, 3rd season); Rob Senderoff, Kent State (49-27, 3rd season).

2012-13 Records: Kennesaw State 3-27; Kent State 21-14.

Series: First meeting.

Scouting Kennesaw State

The Owls opened a brutal seven-game road trip with a 95-67 loss at Cincinnati on Friday. After visiting the Flashes, Kennesaw State will make stops at Georgia Tech and Indiana. The Owls will not play a home game in December. ... On the bright side, Kennesaw State has already matched its win total from each of the last two seasons (3), with victories over Warren Wilson, Chattanooga and Truett-McConnell. The Owls opened with a 73-57 loss to the same Youngstown State team Kent State defeated 83-79 last week in Kent. ... Kennesaw State is led by 6-foot-5 sophomore forward Orlando Coleman, a junior-college transfer who is averaging 11.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Delbert Love, a 6-0 guard from Cleveland, who averaged 12 points and nearly three assists per contest a year ago, is coming off the bench this year and contributing 10.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists. ... The Owls compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference, whose 2013 tournament champion Florida Gulf Coast advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 as a No. 15 seed.

Flash Facts

Kent State is 5-0 on its current seven-game homestand, which ends with Wednesday's matchup against Bucknell (3-3). ... The Flashes rank second in the Mid-American Conference in scoring (81.1 ppg) even though their leading scorer, 6-3 junior point guard Kris Brewer, averages 12.6 points per game. They have seven players averaging over six points an outing, and they're shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from 3-point range with a MAC-leading 8.4 3-pointers made per contest. ... Junior guard Derek Jackson is second on the team in scoring (11.8), while senior forward Darren Goodson (10.1 ppg) leads KSU in rebounding (4.9 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg). ... Sophomore guard K.K. Simmons has scored 30 points off the bench in KSU's last two games, burying 7-of-7 shots from 3-point range. ... Senior forward Mark Henniger (9.5 ppg) is second on the team in rebounding, and has hit 30-of-32 free-throws (93.8 percent).

Senderoff on Kennesaw State

"They're an athletic team. They're a little short on guards right now, I think a couple guys may be hurt. Right now they play a number of wings, so for us making sure we create some ball pressure and force some turnovers will be important. They shoot a lot of 3s, so we're gonna have to do a good job of taking away the 3-point shot."

Senderoff on Kent State

"We need to try to start each half well and finish games off better. I'm still looking to see some things from guys like (senior forward Melvin Tabb) and (sophomore guard) Devin Carter, two guys that I think have a lot more to give. I'm hoping at some point they play the way I think they're capable of playing."

Countdown to Akron: 61 days.

-- ALLEN MOFF

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