Kent State-Fairfield CIT game at M.A.C. Center postponed to Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Kent State's first-round game with Fairfield University in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament has been postponed to Wednesday at 7 p.m in the M.A.C. Center.
A winter storm that hit New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts on Monday night forced a delay of Fairfield's flight to Ohio. The Stags' flight had been scheduled to land at 10 p.m. on Monday. The flight change now has them scheduled to arrive at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The original tip-off time for the first-round CIT game at the M.A.C. Center was Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Kent State University will host Fairfield in a CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament first-round game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at the M.A.C. Center.
The Golden Flashes are looking to build on their 14th 20-win season in 15 years. Tuesday will also mark Kent State's 17th postseason appearance.
Fairfield comes to Kent hoping to clinch their fourth consecutive 20-win season. The Stags are 19-15 after falling to Manhattan in the semifinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament. They advanced to the semifinals with wins over St. Peter's and Riders.
The Stags are making their third CIT appearance in four years. They are 4-2 in CIT, advancing to the semifinals in the event in 2010 and 2012. The game in Kent marks the fourth consecutive postseason appearance for Fairfield, extending the longest streak in school history.
Four-time All-Metro Athletic Conference selection Derek Needham leads Fairfield in scoring at 14.4 per game. Junior Maurice Barrow adds 9.0 per game, while MAAC co-rookie of the year Amadou Sidibe leads the team in rebounding at 6.1.
Kent State defeated Fairfield 72-68 in 2011 behind 22 points from Randal Holt during the second round of the NIT in Bridgeport, Conn. Needham led Fairfield with 20 in the loss.
The Golden Flashes are 4-1 all-time vs. Fairfield with their other wins coming in 1984, 1993 and 1994. The Stags beat the Flashes in 1972 on a neutral site in Buffalo, N.Y.
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The CIT uses the old NIT model in which matchups in future rounds are determined by the results of the previous round. The second round takes place on March 21 or 23.
• Kent State's two seniors, Chris Evans (16.6 ppg) & Randal Holt (14.6 ppg), combine to average 31.2 points per game, which accounts for 43.8 percent of the Golden Flashes' scoring. The duo combined to score 67 of the Golden Flashes' 129 points in two games at last week's MAC Tournament.
• KSU's all-time leader in three-pointers, Holt needs just one trifectas to tie the school's single-season mark of 86, which was set by D.J. Bosse during the 1996-97 season.
• Kent State holds a +3.3 advantage in points off turnovers per game so far this season. The Flashes are averaging 16.8 points while allowing 13.5 points per game.
• The Flashes have received a boost from their bench this season. They average 22.0 bench points in wins this season, but are only getting 16.0 points per game from the bench in losses.
Tickets are available at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 18, to all Kent State University alumni and fans for the first round of the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Don't miss your opportunity to see the Golden Flashes men's basketball team in action as KSU takes the court at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at the MAC Center. To purchase tickets, call the ticket office at (330) 672-2244 by noon on Tuesday, March 19.
$10 Lower Level
$5 Upper GA
KSU Students = FREE
Season ticket holders will have first right of refusal to their seats until Monday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m.