Inside the Film Room: Senderoff left without answers following home loss to Miami

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By Allen Moff | Staff Writer

Here's what Rob Senderoff noticed after reviewing his Kent State men's basketball team's 73-61 Senior Night loss to Miami on Tuesday night at the M.A.C. Center, which gave the Golden Flashes a losing MAC home record (4-5) for the first time since the 1996-97 season:

WHAT STOOD OUT

"We didn't compete at the level that you need to compete at to win, and I will take responsibility for that. I'm not gonna sit here and tell you that I have an explanation, because I don't. I don't know if we just thought we'd win because we beat them at their place (75-63 on Feb. 19). There's part of me that thinks that. There's just a maturity level that we don't have as a group to handle success at any level. I'm the coach, so again I will take responsibility. Those things don't happen to good teams. Maybe they happen in December to a good team, where for whatever reason you come out flat or think it's a game you're gonna win so you don't play with the (necessary) intensity level -- I get it in December. I just don't get it now."

MOVING FORWARD

"I'm gonna meet with these guys (Wednesday). We've gotta learn from this and grow from it. Of the eight players in our rotation, six of them are underclassmen -- three of those six are sophomores, three of those six are juniors -- so a lot of them are back (next year). I've gotta teach them what's acceptable, what's not acceptable, why you win and why you don't win, what it takes to win, because we just don't understand it. Is it late in the season for me to be doing that? Yeah. But I'm not gonna stop coaching these guys and trying to teach these guys, cause again six out of our top eight players return. There are a few games for (an intensity lapse) to reoccur this year, but most of these guys will be playing again next year and they've gotta learn from it and not allow it to happen again. I've gotta do the best I can to teach these guys. We all feel like they should get it, I feel like they should get it, but for whatever reason we don't. I've gotta continue to teach and continue to coach, that's my plan."

WHAT'S NEXT

The Flashes (16-14, 7-10 MAC) will play their regular season finale Friday at Akron (19-11, 11-6 MAC). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

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