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MAC Basketball Tournament Semifinals Preview: Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Ohio Bobcats

The last game of the day should be a nail-biter

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The Ohio University Bobcats had to come back from a first half deficit to beat the Rockets. The Kent State Golden Flashes battled late into the night to beat Buffalo. I have to wonder how much energy these teams will have for tonight’s game. Then again, they are only two wins from the Big Dance, so they could have plenty.


Game Details

  • When: Friday, March 10th, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Watch: CBS Sports Network
  • Listen: WHLO 640 in Kent/ Ohio IMG Sports Network for the Bobcats
  • Line: Ohio -2

Scouting the Golden Flashes

Kent State leads the MAC in rebounding, and are in the top 5 in offense, defense, and scoring margin.

Against Buffalo, they only had 3 scorers in double figures. Jimmy Hall, Deon Edwin, and Jaylin Walker have been the main scoring for the Flashes all season.


Scouting the Bobcats

A complete team, the Bobcats are number 1 in scoring defense in the MAC, and 7th in offense.

Jaaron Simmons continues to impress, and had 24 in the win against Buffalo.


Players to Watch

Jason Carter, Ohio: The Freshman forward is a future start in this league.

Kenny Kaminski, Ohio: A streaky shooter, he can be clutch, and is a key for the Bobcats.

Jimmy Hall, Kent: 24 points and 8 rebounds against Buffalo. Hall is one of the most consistent players in the conference.

Deon Edwin, Kent: The 6’3 guard had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the quarterfinal game. On the All-MAC defensive team, he is a great all around player.


Keys to the Contest

Having three guys do the bulk of the scoring will eventually catch up to the Golden Flashes. Against a defensive team like Ohio, they are probably going to need to find some scoring from the rest of the team.

The Bobcats got down early against Toledo. If that happens against Kent, it could spell disaster. The Golden Flashes are a steady team.


Prediction

It’s hard to pick against a team that lost the reigning Player of the Year mid-season, and still finished as a two seed. Ohio, 80-78.

(editors note, changed Zips to Golden Flashes in the keys to the contest).