Men's Basketball Preview: Kent State at Princeton

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer Published:

Records: Kent State (9-3), Princeton (9-2).

When/Where: Today, Noon/Jadwin Gym in Princeton, N.J.

Radio: WHLO 640 AM.

Head Coaches: Rob Senderoff, Kent State (51-29, 3rd season); Mitch Henderson, Princeton (46-25, 3rd season).

2012-13 Records: Kent State 21-14; Princeton 17-11.

Series: Princeton leads 1-0, winning 62-50 last year in Kent.

Scouting Princeton

After finishing second in the Ivy League last year, the Tigers reeled off eight straight wins to get to 9-1 this season before falling 93-79 to Portland in their last game in Las Vegas. ... The dreaded Princeton pass-and-cut motion offense always gives non-league foes fits, and it's been more effective than in quite some time this year. Princeton is averaging 74.5 points per game, its highest mark through 11 games since the 1971-72 season (83.4 ppg). That output has helped the Tigers to their best start since 1997-98. ... The Tigers are shooting 39.5 percent from 3-point range, average 10.7 made 3s per game and have five players with 13 or more 3-pointers this season. They are very balanced offensively, with seven guys averaging eight points or more. Leading the way is 6-foot-5 senior guard T.J. Bray, a Second Team All-Ivy League player last year who is averaging 17.1 points and seven assists per contest this season. Other top players include 6-8 sophomore forward Hans Brase (11.5 points, team-high 5.7 rebounds, 43 percent 3-pointers) and 6-10 senior forward Will Barrett (10.9 ppg, 42 percent 3-pointers). ... Princeton has notched quality wins over Penn State, Rutgers, Bucknell, George Mason and Rice, and played Butler tough on the road before falling 70-67. Bucknell defeated the Flashes 66-59 in Kent. ... The Tigers are 4-0 at home, and were ranked 46th in the latest RPI.

Flash Facts

After opening the season 8-1, the Flashes have dropped two of their last three games, with both losses coming at home (66-59 to Bucknell, 78-70 to Cleveland State). They are 2-1 on the road, with quality wins over Temple and the College of Charleston and a two-point loss to Seton Hall. ... Kent State averages 75.6 points per game behind a balanced scoring attack. Junior guard Kris Brewer leads the team in scoring at just 11.7 points per game, followed closely by fellow junior guard Derek Jackson (11.4 ppg), senior forward Darren Goodson (10.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists), and senior forward Mark Henniger (9.2 points, 5.3 rebounds). ... Henniger broke the school record for consecutive made free throws against Cleveland State, pushing the total to 41 before he missed. He is shooting 93.9 percent from the stripe this season, after hitting just 63.5 percent of his free tosses a year ago. Henniger is also shooting 67 percent from the field this year.

Senderoff on Princeton

"They're very good. I think they're second in the country in 3-pointers made per game. They're big at every position. They shoot the 3 from five positions. They beat us last year and they have the majority of that team back. It's just a very difficult team to prepare for because of the style that they play. There's really nobody in our league that plays like them. It's gonna be a very challenging game."

Countdown to Akron: 31 days.

-- ALLEN MOFF

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