Central Michigan vs. Kent State: Full Game Preview

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Central Michigan vs. Kent State: Full Game Preview
Central Michigan
(9-13, 3-9 away)
Kent State
(12-11, 7-6 home)
Venue: Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, February 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Central Michigan K Randall 17.1 J Simons 5.0 C Fowler 5.0
Kent State C Evans 16.7 C Evans 7.0 R Holt 2.4

Central Michigan visits Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center on Saturday to take on Kent State. Tipoff occurs at 7 p.m. EST. The Chippewas are 0-4 against the Golden Flashes over the last four years. They lost 67-60 the last time they played (Jan. 31, 2012).

Central Michigan maintains 11th place in the MAC while Kent State is in seventh place. Central Michigan is looking to recover from having lost five games in a row.

In their last outing, despite 22 points from Kyle Randall, the Chippewas fell to Akron 68-56 on Feb. 5. He leads the team with 17.1 points per game. For the Golden Flashes, Chris Evans put up 19 points and 9 rebounds in the 82-76 loss to Western Michigan on Feb. 6. He contributes a team-leading 16.7 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, and 1.9 steals per game. Kent State will hope to exploit their strength in free throw rate in this matchup. Their mark of 45.7 percent in this area ranks second in the conference and ninth in the country.

Kent State StatSmack

  • At least you keep showing up. Central Michigan has an average margin of victory of 10 over Kent State in 17 wins since 1980.
  • The Central Michigan basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Kent State (75% vs 47%).
  • Kyle Randall is ranked 3rd in the MAC in points, 7th in the MAC in three-pointers, and 9th in the MAC in assists.
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Central Michigan has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Kent State (1 vs 0).
  • Blake Hibbitts is ranked 3rd in the MAC in three-pointers.
  • The Central Michigan assist leader (Chris Fowler, 109 assists) has more assists than the Kent State assist leader (Randal Holt, 55 assists).
  • Chris Fowler is ranked 4th in the MAC in assists.
CMU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Kyle Randall 33 17 3 3 1 0 3
C John Simons 27 7 5 1 1 0 1
C Chris Fowler 26 6 3 5 1 0 3
C Blake Hibbitts 22 9 4 1 1 1 1
C- O. Mbaigoto 18 7 4 1 0 1 1
D+ D. Richardson Jr. 18 4 3 1 1 0 1
D Austin Keel 19 5 2 1 0 0 1
D Austin Stewart 11 3 2 0 1 0 1
D Finis Craddock 14 4 1 1 1 0 1
D S. Krannitz 11 4 1 0 0 0 0
D Zach Saylor 14 3 3 0 1 1 1
D- Luke Wiest 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
F Rick Rowse 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
KSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Chris Evans 33 17 7 2 2 1 3
C+ Randal Holt 31 14 3 2 1 0 2
C Kris Brewer 28 9 3 2 1 0 3
C- Darren Goodson 18 6 2 2 0 0 1
D+ Mark Henniger 19 4 4 0 0 0 1
D+ Melvin Tabb 16 5 4 1 0 0 1
D+ Bryson Pope 19 5 4 0 1 0 1
D+ Chris Ortiz 12 3 3 0 0 0 0
D Kellon Thomas 14 3 1 2 1 0 1
D D. Manley 11 5 1 0 0 0 0
D Khaliq Spicer 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Brian Frank 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D J. Brunswick 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D E. Morris Jr. 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
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