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Postby 1975SHjoe » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:59 am

UDM is getting no respect from Vegas, Kent opened at -3 and now is -5 with the o/u at 156. Kents strong showing against Vanderbilt (12 point underdog and they won) and the return of their best player from suspension (he played at Vandy) is the primary reason they are favored. Just like the Eastern game this will go down to the wire!
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby Commissioner » Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:21 pm

Kent State

When: 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 28
Where: Calihan Hall
TV: ESPN 3; WADL Channel 38
Radio: 910 AM Superstation

The Titans keep improving; Coach Davis says he think they’ll be ready by the time conference play begins, which is exactly one month from this game. As for Wednesday, the Titans will be trying to win 4 consecutive games for the first time since December 2015, when our men beat Northeastern, Toledo, Bowling Green, and Central Florida in succession.

Kent State is the third of seven MAC teams on the Titans schedule this year. The Golden Flashes were predicted to finish third in the MAC East. The Titans have played Kent State just 4 times, winning 81-79 in overtime in the 1977 season [a href="http://udtitanbasketball.freeforums.net/post/3588/thread"]([font color="19b5e6"]win #7 in Detroit’s 21 game winning streak that year[/font])[/a]; losing 68-48 in the 2004 season and 61-48 in 2007, and winning 61-60 in 2008, the opener of Perry Watson’s last season.

For many years, Kent State was among the dregs of MAC basketball. In the 47 years from 1952, when they joined the league, through 1998, the Golden Flashes had just 4 winning seasons in conference play, and just 11 overall winning records. They never made an NCAA appearance in that time. That all changed in 1999, Gary Waters’ third season as coach, when Kent went 23-7, upsetting a Charlie Coles’ coached Miami team, featuring Wally Szczerbiak’s, to win the MAC tournament and claim their first ever NCAA bid. Three years later, now under Stan Heath, Kent reached the NCAA’s Elite 8, a harbinger of a new era of “can do” mid-majors that includes Final Four appearances by George Mason, VCU, Butler, Wichita State, and eventually Gonzaga. Since that 1999 breakthrough season, Kent has remained a regular power in the MAC. In those 20 years, Kent State has not had a losing season, and has had 16 twenty-win seasons and two 19-win seasons. They’ve made 6 appearances in the NCAA, 7 in the NIT, and 4 in the CIT.

This year’s Golden Flash is off to a 5-1 start. Home wins over Shawnee State, Alcorn State, and Savannah State don’t reveal much, although Kent did win them by an average of 24 points. A road win over Horizon member Cleveland State is a bit more impressive, but the highlight of Kent’s early season resume is a road win over previously unbeaten Vanderbilt, an SEC squad that expects to be in contention for an NCAA bid in March. Kent’s loss, however, is a bad loss—at home to Liberty. But you have to rate that road win at Vanderbilt more powerfully. First, it came in Kent’s most recent game, on Friday of last week. Second, it was the first game of the year for senior guard Jaylin Walker, last season’s leading scorer (16.6 ppg). Walker had been suspended for the first 5 games of the year for unspecified violations of team rules. He led Kent with 22 point in his return, including 4 of 7 from three points.

Whereas Eastern Michigan tested the Titans with size, Kent State could have 5 guards on the floor for much of Wednesday’s game. This isn’t entirely coach Herb Senderoff’s choice. 6-9 junior Danny Pippen, a starter last season, has been out all season with a knee injury. Akiean Frederick, a 6-9, 235 lb. senior, injured his shoulder against Savannah State and suffered a concussion, missing the Vanderbilt game. He is questionable for Wednesday. If Frederick doesn’t play, that will leave 6-8 junior Philip Whittington as the sole forward in the starting lineup. But Whittington is a good rebounder and a defensive presence in the paint, and we don’t have much up there besides Blackshear.

Kent can survive with so little front court presence because the strength of the team, even before the injuries, was in the guards. Walker’s running mate is another senior Jalen, Jalen Avery. Avery has averaged 18 points and over 4 assists so far this season. Both are very good three point shooters, with Avery averaging over 40% this year after hitting 39% and 37% the last two years. Antonio Williams, a transfer from juco powerhouse Indian Hills, has averaged over 14 points. He’s a very selective three point shooter, but will knock it down if left uncontested. The same can be said for junior Mitch Peterson. The fifth guard who will likely start is CJ Williamson, who started out at Texas Tech, then spent a year at Chipola CC before coming to Kent. Williamson is shooting 50% from three this year. The 6-5 Peterson and 6-6 Williamson also give the Golden Flash some size in their guard-heavy lineup. Also seeing regular playing time are freshman guard Anthony Roberts, out of Detroit Henry Ford, and sophomore forward BJ Duling.

Overall, then, Kent is an experienced team, well-coached, and built around guard play, including lots of good three-point shooters.

In our little three game winning streak, we’ve held Loyola to 20% from behind the arc, Bowling Green to 21.7%, and EMU to 22.2%. Kent State, with its stable of three point shooters, will test our ability to defend the three in a way none of those three –all poor three point shooting teams—could. But Butler is a solid three point shooting team, and in our last defeat, the Dogs hit just 26.9%, so that Titan three-point defense seems real.

In fact, the Titans are winning games with their play on both sides of the arc. We currently rank 4th in the NCAA in 3 point field goal percentage, and 32nd in opponent’s 3 point percentage. With the possible exception of Butler, however, Kent is the best three point shooting team we’ve seen, and they may also be the best at defending the trey of any team we’ve seen. So it will be strength against strength in this one, and that’s yet another new test for the Red, White & Blue.

Go Titans!

Probable Kent State Starters
PG: Jalen Avery, 6-0 Sr. (18.0 ppg, 4.3 apg, 40.4% 3PtFG)
SG: Jaylin Walker, 6-3 Sr. (22 ppg (1 game); 16.6 ppg in 2018)
G: Antonio Williams, 6-0 Jr. (14.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 55.6% 3PtFG)
G/SF: CJ Williamson, 6-6 Jr. (13.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 50.0% 3PtFG)
PF: Philip Whittington, 6-8 Jr. (8.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.7 bpg)

Key Reserves
G: Mitch Peterson, 6-5 Jr. (8.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 50.5% 3PtFG)
G: Anthony Roberts, 6-4 Fr. (3.8 ppg, 1.8 apg)
G: Kain Harris, 6-4 Jr. (5.5 ppg)
F: BJ Duling, 6-7 Soph. (4.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
F: Akiean Frederick, 6-9 Sr. (6.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg) (questionable to play)
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby ExcitedTitan » Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:46 pm

In a span of 11 games we play 10 teams from Ohio. That is every DI team in Ohio except OSU, Miami, and Cincinnati, I think. Just an observation.
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby Resurget Cineribus » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:44 pm

Come on Titans! Pull this one out!!
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby Resurget Cineribus » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:51 pm

Hold onto that lead now Titans!!
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby ptctitan » Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:29 pm

Tough loss after having the lead.

Proves that we still have a lot of improvement to make. Also, when you live by the 3, sometimes, you don't make them at a 50% clip.

Still confident that we will be much better come the HL.
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby Tacitus651 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:41 pm

I still feel really good about this team. We’ve been shooting 43% from 3 this season. Tonight we shot 25%. Most nights we are going to shoot closer to 43 than 25. Most nights we are going to make those layups. We’ll be fine.

Should be noted, the team played with a lot of energy down the stretch. Especially McFolley and Davis. They were all over the place and you can tell they want to win. I think our guys are well conditioned and just need to keep playing together.

Watching on TV, it looked like a good atmosphere. During the 10 minute break when the officials watched the replay 74 times, they showed a lot of the fans.
"Anything that can be done in college basketball can be done from right here.” - Coach Davis
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby Resurget Cineribus » Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:47 pm

A really tough loss but not the end of the world. Kent just beat a good Vandy team on the road. I liked our defense in the last 10 min when we took the 8 point lead. The full court press we weren’t ready for which is too bad. We’ve come a long way in the last 4 years and another win would have been great. But we are already becoming relevant again.
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby Rogobob77 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:08 pm

Tra’Quan Knight was not at the game. Anyone hear anything as to why?
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby Rumpole59 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:43 pm

Tough loss, but this team is fun to watch. Very impressed with Chris Brandon and Derien King.

I had to leave at the half and caught the second on the radio. Brutal to endure play-by-play calling of “Detroit Mercy” at every turn, as in “rebound, Detroit Mercy.”
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby NC Titan » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:30 am

I find it interesting that in a season I didn't expect to see three wins in a row I am now disappointed that we didn't have four.
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby Rogobob77 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:45 am

Kent had a 14-2 run in the last 1:22. Ouch.
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby ptctitan » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:01 am

Coach Davis was visibly disappointed in the loss during the postgame press conference. Said that we stopped playing the right way when we got up by 8 and played as if we thought we had already won the game. He cited our turnovers and our fouls on them permitting them to come back with clock stopped. He wanted us to drive the basket on the last play and was unhappy on how we ran the offense.
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby TerryTylerFan » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:11 am

Rogobob77 wrote:Kent had a 14-2 run in the last 1:22. Ouch.

They also started the game up 14-2. Double ouch.
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby TitanVoiceofReason » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:20 am

The 3 Stars of the Game
chosen by Tony Paul ;)

1. Jaylin Walker, KSU
2. Antoine Davis, UD
3. Antonio Williams, KSU
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby TitanVoiceofReason » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:24 am

TerryTylerFan wrote:
Rogobob77 wrote:Kent had a 14-2 run in the last 1:22. Ouch.

They also started the game up 14-2. Double ouch.


Also the last 2 minutes of the first half we were outscored 8-1.
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby ptctitan » Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:44 am

How the team responds to this disappointment will say a lot about their chances for success. Will they revert to individual play? Or will they respond with tighter team play and extra effort?
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby titanmike » Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:44 am

Rogobob77 wrote:Tra’Quan Knight was not at the game. Anyone hear anything as to why?



I heard that he has left the team, but haven't heard specifics.
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby Resurget Cineribus » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:26 am

NC Titan wrote:I find it interesting that in a season I didn't expect to see three wins in a row I am now disappointed that we didn't have four.


+1
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Re: KENT STATE

Postby Rogobob77 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:03 am

titanmike wrote:
Rogobob77 wrote:Tra’Quan Knight was not at the game. Anyone hear anything as to why?



I heard that he has left the team, but haven't heard specifics.

Disappointing to hear. Ironically, he was the featured poster picture on last night’s game program.
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