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Central Michigan Chippewas at Kent State Golden Flashes: Preview, How to Watch, Listen, Stream

Does the Sports Illustrated jinx apply, even if it’s not the cover story?

NCAA Basketball: Central Michigan at Illinois Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Greene wrote a much deserved feature in this week’s Sports Illustrated about Marcus Keene and his flirting with the 30 point mark. More importantly for the Chips, after starting out conference play with three losses, they have righted the ship, and have won 3 of their last 4.

Kent State was riding high entering league play with a win over Texas, and knocked off Ball State in their opener. 4 losses in a row sent them reeling, before winning their last two against Toledo and Northern Illinois.

This is a crucial game for both teams if they want to keep the all important momentum moving forward.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know the type of season Keene is having. Lost in the mix at times, Braylon Rayson is having a fantastic season for the Chippewas as well. His 19.8 points per game put him second on the team to Keene, and 3rd in the league.

Number 4 in the league is Kent State’s Jimmy Hall, at 18.1 points per game. Arguably the most consistent player in the MAC, he has hit double digits in scoring in all but 1 game this season. He is averaging 10.7 rebounds per contest, and hit double digits in half of his games this season.

Jaylin Walker(14.9 ppg) and Deon Edwin(12.8) are the only other scorers on the Golden Flashes. That’s not going to be good enough against the Chippewas, who are leading the MAC at 88.9 points per game. Someone, or a couple of someones will have to step it up this game, because Central Michigan will score. Lucky for the Golden Flashes, the Chips haven’t exactly been defensive juggernauts this year, giving up a league worst 83.1 points a game.

When: Saturday, January 28th, Noon

Watch: CBS Sports Network, pending cable provider participation

Listen: 98.5 WUPS in Mt. Pleasant