2009–10 Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team

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2009–10 Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball
Kent State Centennial athletic.png
MAC East Division Champions
MAC Regular Season Champions
NIT, Second Round
Conference Mid-American Conference
East Division
2009–10 record 24–10 (13–3 MAC)
Head coach Geno Ford
Assistant coach Rob Senderoff
Assistant coach Bobby Steinburg
Assistant coach Armon Gates
Home arena Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Kent State 13 3   .813     24 10   .706
Akron 12 4   .750     24 11   .686
Miami 9 7   .563     14 18   .438
Buffalo 9 7   .563     18 12   .600
Ohio 7 9   .438     22 15   .595
Bowling Green 6 10   .375     14 16   .467
West
Central Michigan 9 7   .563     15 15   .500
Eastern Michigan 8 8   .500     17 15   .531
Western Michigan 8 8   .500     18 15   .545
Ball State 8 8   .500     15 15   .500
Northern Illinois 6 10   .375     10 20   .333
Toledo 1 15   .063     4 28   .125
Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team represented Kent State University in the 2009–10 college basketball season. The team was coached by Geno Ford and played their home games in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. They are members of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 24–10, 13–3 in MAC play to win the east division and overall regular season championship. As the 1 seed they were upset by 9 seed and eventual champion Ohio in the quarterfinals of the 2010 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament. As regular season champions they received an automatic bid to the 2010 National Invitation Tournament where they advanced to the second round before falling to Illinois.

Before the season[edit]

Roster changes[edit]

The Golden Flashes lost four seniors from their 2008–09 roster. These seniors include the starters Al Fisher, Jordan Mincy, and Julian Sullinger. Fisher was the team's leading scorer, averaging 14.4 points per game. The team also lost Rashad Woods, who was suspended last year due to a violation of team rules.[1]

To compensate for the team's losses, four new players joined the Flashes for the 2009–10 basketball season. Only one of these four players is a freshman, while one sophomore and two juniors are recruits from junior colleges.

Recruiting[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Greg Avila
PF
Bronx, NY Harcum College 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sep 8, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Randal Holt
PG
Bedford, OH Glenville HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sep 13, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 85
Justin Manns
C
Winston-Salem, NC Owens CC 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Apr 15, 2009 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Ian Pinckney
SG
Chicago, IL Motlow CC 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) May 7, 2009 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

Roster current as of June 25, when their summer prospectus was published.[2]

Name Number Position Height Weight Year Hometown
Tyree Evans 0 G 6-3 210 Senior Richmond, Virginia
Chris Singletary 2 G 6-4 220 Senior Chicago, Illinois
Cameron Joyce 13 G 5-8 160 Redshirt.svg Freshman Akron, Ohio
Anthony Simpson 21 F 6-8 215 Senior Rockford, Illinois
Mike McKee 22 G 6-5 190 Senior Plum Borough, Pennsylvania
Frank Henry-Ala 30 F 6-5 210 Senior Pasadena, California
Rodriquez Sherman 32 G 6-2 185 Redshirt.svg Junior Indianapolis, Indiana
Justin Greene 33 F 6-8 230 Sophomore Brooklyn, New York
Alex Grimsley 42 F 6-7 220 Sophomore Batesville, Indiana
Brandon Parks 55 C 6-10 270 Senior Bunker Hill, Indiana
Greg Avila F 6-6 235 Junior Bronx, New York
Just Manns C 6-11 215 Junior Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Ian Pinckney G 6-3 195 Sophomore Chicago, Illinois
Randal Holt G 6-1 180 Freshman Bedford, Ohio

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position College Graduating year
Geno Ford Head Coach Ohio University 1997
Rob Senderoff Associate Coach University at Albany 1995
Bobby Steinburg Assistant Coach Middle Tennessee State University 1997
Armon Gates Assistant Coach Kent State University 2007
Jaden Uken Director of Basketball Operations University of Nebraska–Lincoln 2003
Brian Edelstein Graduate Assistant Cal Poly 2009

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
November 2* 7:00 p.m. Ohio Northern Memorial Athletic and Convocation CenterKent, Ohio W 75–66
Stats 
1,267
November 7* 7:00 p.m. at Wooster Timken GymnasiumWooster, Ohio W 76–59
Stats 
1,825
Regular Season
November 13* 7:00 p.m. Samford Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio
(Hispanic College Fund Classic)
W 69–66
Stats 
3,618 1–0
November 14* TBA UAB Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio
(Hispanic College Fund Classic)
W 72–65
Stats 
2,632 2–0
November 15* TBA UW-Green Bay Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio
(Hispanic College Fund Classic)
L 86–87 OT
Stats 
2,571 2–1
November 18* TBA Youngstown State Beeghly CenterYoungstown, Ohio W 70–61
Stats 
4,112 3–1
November 22* 7:00 p.m. Rochester College (Michigan) Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio
(Hispanic College Fund Classic)
W 63–44
Stats 
2,433 4–1
November 25* 7:00 p.m. at South Florida USF Sun DomeTampa, Florida L 54–76
Stats 
4,189 4–2
November 29* 7:00 p.m. at Morehead State Ellis Johnson ArenaMorehead, Kentucky W 63–57
Stats 
2,201 5–2
December 4* 7:30 p.m. at Xavier Cintas CenterCincinnati, Ohio L 61–77
Stats 
9,896 5–3
December 12* 2:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh Petersen Events CenterPittsburgh, Pennsylvania L 59–71
Stats 
9,468 5–4
December 20* 7:30 p.m. Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio W 85–76
Stats 
3,254 6–4
December 22* 7:05 p.m. at Robert Morris Charles L. Sewall CenterMoon Township, Pennsylvania W 71–57
Stats 
643 7–4
December 29* 11:00 p.m. vs. Wofford Leavey CenterSanta Clara, California
(Cable Car Classic)
W 73–66
Stats 
NA 8–4
December 30* 11:00 p.m. vs. Northeastern Leavey Center • Santa Clara, California
(Cable Car Classic)
L 58–61
Stats 
NA 8–5
January 4* 7:00 p.m. Norfolk State Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio W 84–66
Stats 
1,675 9–5
January 9 2:00 p.m. at Ohio Convocation CenterAthens, Ohio W 62–60
Stats 
8,359 10–5 (1–0)
January 12 7:00 p.m. at Miami (OH) Millett HallOxford, Ohio L 53–55 OT
Stats 
1,299 10–6 (1–1)
January 17 2:00 p.m. Bowling Green Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio L 70–76
Stats 
3,658 10–7 (1–2)
January 20 7:00 p.m. Buffalo Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio W 89–54
Stats 
2,918 11–7 (2–2)
January 23 12:00 p.m. Akron Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio ESPNU W 87–70
Stats 
6,204 12–7 (3–2)
January 26 7:00 p.m. at Toledo Savage ArenaToledo, Ohio W 69–49
Stats 
4,358 13–7 (4–2)
January 30 2:00 p.m. Western Michigan Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio W 74–73
Stats 
3,961 14–7 (5–2)
February 1 7:00 p.m. Northern Illinois Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio W 76–46
Stats 
3,030 15–7 (6–2)
February 4 7:00 p.m. at Eastern Michigan Convocation CenterYpsilanti, Michigan W 75–68
Stats 
874 16–7 (7–2)
February 6 7:00 p.m. at Central Michigan Daniel P. Rose CenterMount Pleasant, Michigan W 68–63
Stats 
3,142 17–7 (8–2)
February 10 7:00 p.m. Ball State Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio W 76–42
Stats 
2,825 18–7 (9–2)
February 13 12:00 p.m. at Buffalo Alumni ArenaBuffalo, New York ESPNU L 55–70
Stats 
2,201 18–8 (9–3)
February 17 7:00 p.m. Ohio Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio W 74–67
Stats 
3,763 19–8 (10–3)
February 20* 8:00 p.m. Western Carolina Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio
(ESPNU BracketBusters)
ESPNU W 74–72
Stats 
5,003 20–8 (10–3)
February 24 7:00 p.m. at Bowling Green Anderson ArenaBowling Green, Ohio W 75–69
Stats 
1,630 21–8 (11–3)
February 27 7:00 p.m. Miami (OH) Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio W 66–58
Stats 
5,781 22–8 (12–3)
March 5 8:00 p.m. at Akron James A. Rhodes ArenaAkron, Ohio ESPN2 W 74–61
Stats 
5,545 23–8 (13–3)
2010 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament
March 11 7:00 p.m. vs. Ohio Quicken Loans ArenaCleveland, Ohio L 64–81
Stats 
NA 23–9
2010 National Invitation Tournament
March 17* 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center • Kent, Ohio W 75–74  1,175 24–9
March 22* 7:00 p.m. at Illinois Assembly HallChampaign, Illinois ESPNU L 58–75  10,032 24–10
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.

After the season[edit]

Awards[edit]

On March 8, 2010, head coach Geno Ford was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, the seventh time a KSU coach has won the award (Jim McDonald, 1990; Gary Waters, 1999 and 2000; Stan Heath, 2002; and Jim Christian, 2006 and 2008). He was selected by three votes over Keith Dambrot of Akron.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander, Elton (2009-04-13). "Coles soon to become Miami's win leader". Cleveland Plain Dealer. 
  2. ^ "2009-10 Kent State Men's Basketball: Quick Facts" (Press release). Kent State University. 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  3. ^ "MAC Announces Player of the Year, Coach of the Year". MAC-Sports.com. Mid-American Conference. March 8, 2010. Retrieved March 4, 2011.