Kent State visits Buffalo on Wednesday in 2012-13's first meeting with a MAC East rival
Kent State travels to the University at Buffalo on Wednesday night for its first meeting with a Mid-American Conference East Division rival in 2012-13.
The Golden Flashes hold a 26-8 advantage in the all-time series, but most of those wins have come within the comfort of the M.A.C. Center where Kent State is 15-0 against the Bulls. At Buffalo's Alumni Arena, the Flashes are 9-7 with losses in four consecutive visits dating back to a 76-66 victory on Feb. 19, 2008. Kent State is 2-1 against Buffalo on neutral sites.
This year's Golden Flashes are off to a 1-1 start in MAC play, answering a frustrating home loss to Toledo with an impressive 61-47 win at Ball State on Saturday.
True freshman forward Chris Ortiz will play his second game since returning from a broken foot suffered in a Nov. 28 win at Youngstown State.
Buffalo is off to a 5-11 start that includes an 0-2 mark against MAC opponents. The Bulls lost a 58-57 heartbreaker to Miami in Buffalo on Saturday.
Junior power forward Javon McCrea leads the Bulls in scoring (15.8) and rebounding (10.7). Will Regan (10.7) and Jarod Oldham (10.1) are also averaging in double figures for Buffalo.
Wednesday's game will be broadcast live on SportsTime Ohio with Michael Reghi and Dave Ceccuti on the call.
- Kent State's two seniors, Chris Evans (16.6 ppg) & Randal Holt (13.4 ppg), combine to average 30.0 points per game which accounts for 42.8 percent of the Golden Flashes' scoring and is the 3rd highest-scoring duo in the Mid-American Conference this season, trailing Rian Pearson and Julius Brown of Toledo and Jordon Crawford and A'uston Calhoun of Bowling Green
- Holt sits 4th on Kent State's all-time list with 194 career three-pointers and is just 6 away from tying Armon Gates and current assistant coach Eric Haut for 2nd
- Evans is one of two players to rank among the top 10 in the Mid-American Conference in scoring, rebounding, and steals
- Kent State holds a +5.8 advantage in second chance points per game so far this season. The Flashes are averaging 14.7 second chance points while allowing 8.9 points per game
- The Golden Flashes are averaging 36.2 points in the second halves of games this season. In the first half, Kent State is averaging just 31.4 points