Flashes Travel to Ball State for Wednesday Matinee


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KENT, Ohio-  The Kent State men’s basketball team is back on the road as the Flashes travel to Muncie, Ind. to take on Ball State on Wednesday at Worthen Arena. Tip time is scheduled for 2 p.m.

THE GAME

Kent State (14-5, 11-4) vs. Ball State (7-11, 5-8)

Wedneaday, Feb.24 | Worthen Arena| 2 PM

BROADCAST

TV: ESPN3

Radio: Dave Wilson (pbp), Kent State Radio, Tune-In

BALL STATE HEAD COACH

James Whitford

Record at Ball State: 114-129

KENT STATE HEAD COACH

Rob Senderoff

Record at Kent State: 195-126 (10th season)

ALL-TIME SERIES

Kent State leads the all-time series, 46-40

Kent State is 11-2 against the Cardinals under head coach Rob Senderoff

Last season, the Flashes fell at home, 62-54. Kent State and Ball State were supposed to face eachother in the MAC Quarterfinals before the Championships were canceled due to Covid-19. 

LAST TIME OUT

The Kent State men’s basketball team improved to 14-5 overall and 11-4 in MAC play  after taking down EMU, 64-51 for its fourth-straight win. Senior Danny Pippen put together a strong all-around performance finishing with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. Also scoring in double digits for the Flashes were senior Tervell Beck who had 12 points on a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor and 2-of-2 from long range, and sophomore Giovanni Santiago who finished with 12 points. Santiago dished out seven assists and swiped a team-high three steals.

 On the season, the Flashes are shooting 45.0 percent from the floor and 33.8 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Kent State has held its opponents to 69.9 points per game on 40.9 percent shooting from the floor and 33.3 percent from long range.

FLASH FACTS

– The Flashes have three players averaging in double figures in Nuga (17.8), Pippen (20.3), and Beck (10.6)

– In  Pippen’s his last nine games, Pippen has notched a double-double in five giving him eight on the season., ranking 24th in the nation and first in MAC stats

– Pippen ranks 25th in the country and 3rd in the league in points per game (20.3)

– As a team, Kent State is 1st in the league in FG percentage defense (40.9)

-The Flashes are the 28th-ranked team in the country in rebound margin (6.5) and lead MAC stats

-KSU ranks 39th in the country and 4th the MAC in scoring offense (78.9)

– The Flashes are 1st in conference stats in scoring defense (69.9)

-As a team, KSU ranks 5th in conference in forced turnovers (12.95)

-Flashes rank 18th in the country in total rebounds per game (40.16) and rank 2nd in league stats.

-KSU ranks 19th in the nation and 2nd in league in offensive rebounds per game (12.95)

-Senior Justyn Hamilton ranks 57h in the country in offensive rebounds per game (2.78) and leads the conference. He also ranks 5th in league in rebounds per game (6.9)

-Pippen ranks 43rd in the nation and 3rd in the league in rebounds per game (8.9)

Malique Jacobs ranks 30th in the nation and is 4th conference stats in steals per game (1.79)

-Pippen leads the league with (1.33) total blocked shots per game and total blocks (24).

– Kent State’s Danny Pippen, Justyn Hamilton and Tervell Beck have combined to account for 45 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 50 percent of all Golden Flashes points over the last five games.

-Kent State has an assist on 44 of 75  field goals (58.6 percent) over its previous three games

SCOUTING BALL STATE

The Cardinals, stand (7-11, 5-8 MAC) under the direction of 8-year head coach James Whitford.  Ball State last saw action on Feb. 19 when the Cardinals fell to Akron, 88-79. Ishmael El-Amin scored 20 points to pace BSU, while Brachen Hazen scored a career-high 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Hazen scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and the 10th time this season. The redshirt senior post player scored 11 in the second half and raised his scoring average to a career-best 9.9 points per game.

Ball State has two players scoring in double figures in Walton (15.5) and El-Amin (15.3). Walton leads the Cardinals in rebounds averaging 5.6 rpg.

As a team the Cardinals are averaging 70.7 points per game on 44.0 percent shooting from the field and 33.0 percent from long range. 

Defensively, Ball State has held its opponents to score 73.8 per game on 42.8 percent shooting from the field and 30.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The Cardinals have 263 turnovers (14.6 tpg) while collecting 104 steals (5.8 stl/g) On the glass, the Cardinals have been out rebounded by their opponents 687-650 for a -2.1 rebounding margin.

WAYS TO FOLLOW

Watch: ESPN3

Listen: https://kentstatesports.com/watch/?Live=327&type=Live

Live Stats: https://ballstatesports.com/sidearmstats/mbball/summary



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