Kent State Celebrating The M.A.C. Center's 60th Aniversary On Thursday Night Against Louisiana at Monroe
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Coming off a record setting November, Kent State (6-1) looks to continue the best start in eight years as Louisiana at Monroe (2-5) pays a visit to the historic M.A.C. Center on Thursday night. The 19th oldest college basketball arena in the nation, the M.A.C. Center opened exactly 60 years ago to the day and tonight's game will serve as a commemoration of the 60th Anniversary season.
Kent State first christened what was then the Men's Physical Education Building on Dec. 2, 1950 with a 51-46 win over Pittsburgh. To date the Golden Flashes have racked up a 491-255 (.658) record in the building, a mark that includes a 149-23 (.866) record the past 12 years and a current 12 game winning streak.
Winners of four straight, the Golden Flashes set a program record with six wins in the month of November after an 80-75 win over Lehigh last Friday. The veteran duo of Rodriquez Sherman and Justin Greene combined for 36 points by scoring 18 points each. With 18 points, Sherman produced his highest scoring output since he poured in a career high 20 points in the season opener. The senior guard leads the team with 5.2 assists per game and ranks third with 10.8 points. Greene meanwhile also totaled 18 points and continued to be the Golden Flashes primary scoring threat inside posting his sixth game of the year with at least 17 points. The junior forward overcame a 3-10 night from the field by hitting 12-14 from the foul line and total nine points in the final five minutes as Kent State finally pulled away in a tightly contested game. He also added 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
ULM went 1-2 at the Global Sports Roundball Classic hosted by Illinois State last weekend. The Warhawks picked up a 57-50 win over Jacksonville State on Friday before losses to ISU and South Dakota closed out the weekend. Despite having four players average in double figures, ULM is averaging just 59.9 ppg as a team. Fred Brown, a 6-2 guard leads the team with 16.2 ppg and 19 three-pointers.
TV / Radio
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As part of this 1950's "Flashback" there will be $1 hot dogs and Cokes served throughout the game, as well as prizes going to fans with the best dressed 1950's outfits.
Next Up For Kent State
Kent State travels outside the state of Ohio for the first time when the team heads to Alabama to face UAB on Dec. 5. Game time is 8:00 p.m. (EST) and 7:00 p.m. CST.
• Kent State's 6-1 start is the best since the 2002-03 squad began the season with a 9-1 record.
• The Golden Flashes have won 12 straight at home which ties them for the 12th longest active streak in the country as of Nov. 30.
• Kent State has recorded over 40 rebounds in five of the last six games after reaching the mark only nine times all of last season. The Golden Flashes lead the MAC with 43.6 rebounds per game and a +7.3 advantage.
• Michael Porrini has had at least three steals in each of the last three games. He is the first KSU player to accomplish such a feat since Chris Singletary did so at the end of the 2007-08 season. Porrini leads the team with 14 steals (2.0 spg) this year.
Louisiana at Monroe Series Notes
• This is the first ever meeting between the two schools.
• Kent State is 0-7 all-time against the current Sun Belt line-up. However six of the seven losses came before the league was formed in 1976. The Golden Flashes then fell at Western Kentucky 88-80 in the 2005 postseason NIT.
• Kent State entered the year having played 177 of the current 350 Division I programs in the country. ULM is one of five schools the Golden Flashes will be facing for the first time in 2010-11. Kent State is 3-0 so far in first encounters this season with wins over Bryant, Furman, Lehigh. Along with ULM, Florida is also a first time opponent for the Golden Flashes this season.
It's a good thing they aren't still using the Peach Basket
The highest scoring team in the MAC with 77.6 points per game, Kent State has kept the scoreboard operator quite busy this season.
The Golden Flashes are a perfect 5-0 when scoring at least 70 points.
While it is only seven games into the season it is noteworthy to mention that Kent State has not averaged over 75.0 ppg for a year since the 2002-03 team put up 76.8 ppg.
Should the 77.6 ppg hold up through the season it would go down as the fourth highest single season scoring average in school history.
Kent State has already surpassed the 90-point mark twice this season marking the first time since 2005-06 that the Golden Flashes have scored 90+ twice in the same season.
The 94 points scored vs Urbana (Nov. 23) also marked the most by a Kent State team in the Geno Ford era and the most since the 2006-07 squad put 105 on the board in the opener vs South Dakota State that season.
20s are Good and Greene 20s are even better
Including a perfect 4-0 mark this season, the Golden Flashes are 10-1 all-time when junior forward Justin Greene scores 20+ points.
In fact since an overtime loss to Green Bay on Nov. 15, 2009 when Greene had 20 points, Kent State has won 10 consecutive games when the junior forward has reached the 20-point plateau.
As a team the Golden Flashes put together a streak of 10 consecutive wins when a player scores 20 or more. The last loss came on Jan. 17, 2010 when Mike McKee totaled 20 in a 76-70 defeat to Bowling Green.
Ford Reaches 100 Wins; Goes for His 50th Win at Kent State on Dec. 2
Kent State Head Coach Geno Ford recorded his 100th career win as a head coach on Nov. 26 vs Lehigh.
Now in his third year at the helm of the Golden Flashes program, Ford has totaled 49 wins of his 100 wins at Kent State.