Men's Basketball Preview: Bucknell at Kent State

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer Published:

THE DETAILS

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

Radio: WHLO 640 AM.

Head Coaches: Dave Paulsen, Bucknell (102-69, 6th season at Bucknell; 364-189 overall); Rob Senderoff, Kent State (50-27, 3rd season).

2012-13 Records: Bucknell 28-6; Kent State 21-14.

Scouting Bucknell

The Bison set a school record with 28 wins and earned a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament last year, but lost three key players, including two-time Patriot League Player of the Year Mike Muscala, who was a second-round NBA Draft choice. ... This year's team is led by 6-foot-5 senior guard Cameron Ayers, the son of former Ohio State head coach Randy Ayers. The reigning First Team all-league choice is averaging a team-high 15 points per game this year and is shooting 50 percent from 3-point range).

Flash Facts

Kent State can complete a perfect seven-game homestand and move to 9-1 for the first time since the 2002-03 season with a win tonight. ... The Flashes rank second in the Mid-American Conference in scoring (80 ppg) even though their leading scorer, junior guard Derek Jackson, averages just 12 points per game. They have seven players averaging over 6.5 points per game, and they're shooting 46 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from 3-point range with a MAC-leading 7.8 3-pointers made per outing.

Injury Update

Brewer did not start the second half of Sunday's win over Kennesaw State due to leg issues, likely resulting from a pair of off-season knee surgeries.

"Kris practiced (Monday). He's not 100 percent. He needs this break coming up as much as anybody (KSU's next game is Dec. 21). I expect him to play. He's just stiff and sore. A lot of it is wear and tear. We've played a lot of games in a short period of time, and it's as much that as anything."

Senderoff on Bucknell

"They're a really good team, one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country. They're really disciplined and well-coached. Cameron Ayers is as good a guard as we've faced, Kaspar controls the pace of the game, and Fitzpatrick is a fifth-year senior who has won a ton of games and is really good in the post."

Senderoff on KSU

"We're gonna have to do a great job of taking care of the basketball so that we get a shot up every possession. We're gonna have to do a great job on the glass and force them into as many contested shots as we can, and they're gonna make some contested ones too cause they're that good at shooting the basketball."

-- ALLEN MOFF

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