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Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Kent State Golden Flashes: Two MAC upstarts meet

Two MAC teams on the rise go to battle

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday night #MACtion is highlighted by a clash of two of the top MAC teams as a rolling Kent State team host a Central Michigan squad coming off of two big wins.

Kent State (14-5, 5-1) is in sole possession of first in the Mid-American Conference, with only a two point loss to Bowling Green a few weeks ago blemishing its conference record. The Flashes have taken care of business since then, and bring a five-game win streak into the matchup.

Kent State has been helped by contributions from many players including Jimmy Hall, who exploded for 32 points and eight rebounds in the team's most recent win over Ball State. Devareaux Manley and Kris Brewer are the two other Kent State players to average in double figures, while Derek Jackson leads the team in assists.

The Chippewas (14-3, 4-2) are building an impressive win streak of their own after taking care of Buffalo and Eastern Michigan on their home court last week, keeping CMU undefeated at McGuirk Arena this season. The road, however, has been less kind. The Chips have struggled a bit more away from home, losing to Akron and Ball State in recent contests. Much like Kent State, CMU features a balanced offensive attack led by team captain Chris Fowler (14 points per game) and John Simons (11 ppg).

The key to a Kent State victory will be to shut down the long range game of the Chippewas. Central has been absolutely deadly from beyond the arc, and with 192 three pointers on the season, they are on pace to break both their team record and the MAC record for most three pointers.

The game tips off at 7 PM EDT at the Memorial Athletic and Convention Center on the campus of Kent State University. The game will also be streaming live at KentStateSports.com.