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Kent State Golden Flashes
2014–15 Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team
Kent State Golden Flashes athletic logo
University Kent State University
Conference Mid-American (MAC)
East Division
Location Kent, Ohio
Head coach Rob Senderoff (4th year)
Arena Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
(Capacity: 6,327)
Nickname Golden Flashes
Colors

Kent State Blue and Kent State Gold

            
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NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
2002
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2002
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2001, 2002
NCAA Tournament appearances
1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008
Conference tournament champions
1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008
Conference regular season champions
2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015
Conference division season champions
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015

The Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team represents Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, United States. The Golden Flashes compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level as a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) East Division. The team was founded in 1913 and played their first intercollegiate game in January 1915. They joined the Mid-American Conference in 1951 and have played in the East division since the MAC went to the divisional format in 1997. Home games are held at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, which opened in 1950 and is one of the oldest arenas in college basketball. Rob Senderoff was hired as head coach in 2011, the 24th coach in the program's history.

The Flashes gained national attention in the late 1990s and early 2000s after earning their first bid to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 1999. Two years later, Kent State picked up their first tournament win, followed the next year by their run to the Elite Eight in 2002 as a 10th seed where the Flashes finished the reason ranked 12th nationally. The 2002 Golden Flashes also set a team record with 30 wins along with a MAC single-season record of 17 conference wins. Through the 2014–15 season, Kent State has five total appearances in the NCAA Tournament, the most recent being in 2008, along with eight appearances in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) four in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). In MAC play, the Flashes have six regular-season titles, nine East division titles, and five MAC Tournament championships.

History[edit]

The men's basketball team is Kent State's oldest collegiate team, founded in 1913 during the first fall semester at the new Kent State Normal School campus.[1] The team was organized, though only five men were enrolled out of the initial enrollment of 140 at the beginning of the term, as the new school was a teacher training college and thus had a predominately female student body. More men would arrive at the school in the coming weeks.[2] They played and won their first game against Kent High School and competed against local company and high school teams for that first season, going 7–2. During the following season, Kent State played its first intercollegiate game, a 56–6 loss to Otterbein College, on January 22, 1915. An additional intercollegiate game, a 54–18 home loss to Muskingum College, was played that year along with three other games against local teams.[3] Kent State's first intercollegiate win was recorded March 10, 1916, a 27–17 home win over Ashland College, played in the former heating plant and manual training building.[4] A shortage of men during both World Wars prevented teams from being formed for the 1917–18, 1918–19, and 1943–44 seasons. Beginning in 1932, Kent State played as a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference before joining the Mid-American Conference and beginning league play in 1951. Kent State was placed in the East Division when the MAC went to a divisional alignment in 1997.[5]

During their first years of existence, a variety of different venues were used for home games including on-campus facilities at what is now Cartwright Hall and the old heating plant, as well as off-campus facilities at the local Congregational Church gymnasium and Theodore Roosevelt High School, until Wills Gymnasium opened in 1925.[6] In 1950, the team moved to their current home, the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, known originally as the Men's Physical Education Building until 1956 and later as Memorial Gym until 1992.

The team played in relative anonymity for most of its existence. They made their first appearance in the MAC Tournament Championship game (which began in 1980) in 1984, losing a close 42-40[7] game. They would make the title game again in 1987[7] and 1989,[7] losing both 64-63 and 67-65 respectively. The Flashes made their first post-season appearance in the 1985 National Invitation Tournament, losing in the first round. They returned to the NIT in 1989 and 1990, losing in the first round both times.[5]

Beginnings of success[edit]

In 1996, Gary Waters was hired as head coach and began to build what would become the longest run of success in Mid-American Conference history. In 1999 the Flashes won over 20 games and defeated the Miami RedHawks in the MAC Tournament Championship game in Toledo to win their first MAC Tournament title and make their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance,[8] where they were defeated by Temple[9] in the opening round at FleetCenter in Boston. The following season, the Flashes again won over 20 games and finished second in the MAC East, but failed to win the conference tournament and received their first NIT invitation since 1990. The Flashes hosted the first round game against Rutgers and recorded their first-ever post-season win, a 73-62 victory. Kent State would win their second-round match-up at Villanova before falling in the quarterfinals at Penn State. The 2000-2001 season saw the Flashes win their first-ever MAC East title[8] and their second tournament title to return to the NCAA Tournament. The experience in the NIT proved to be valuable as Kent State scored their first win, a 77-73 [10] upset over the fourth-seeded Indiana Hoosiers, before falling to the Cincinnati Bearcats in the second round in San Diego.[11] At the end of the 2000–01 season, Waters accepted the head coaching job at Rutgers. While at KSU, Waters overall record was 92-60. He was succeeded at Kent State by Stan Heath.

2001-2002 season[edit]

Kent State enjoyed its best season in 2001-2002, led by seniors Trevor Huffman, Andrew Mitchell, Demetric Shaw, and Eric Thomas and junior transfer (and future NFL star) Antonio Gates. The season saw MAC records set in overall wins (30), conference wins (17), and longest winning streak (21).[8] After beginning the season a mediocre 4-4, Kent State dramatically turned their season around by winning 20 of their next 21 games. Following their only MAC loss of the season (a 66-65 loss at Buffalo), they proceeded to win 15-straight games to close the regular season at 24-5 with a 17-1 record in the MAC and winning their first-ever MAC regular season title. After winning the MAC Tournament, the Flashes found themselves seeded tenth in the South regional bracket.[12] After scoring a mild upset of the seventh-seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys,[13] the Flashes gained national attention by defeating second-seeded SEC champion Alabama 71-58[14] to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The Flashes followed that win with a 78-73 overtime win[15] over third-seeded Pitt to become the first MAC team to advance to the Elite Eight since Ohio in 1964, when the tournament contained only 22 teams. The Flashes 21-game winning streak and dream season came to an end in the Elite Eight with an 81-69 loss[16] to Indiana. The Flashes finished the season at 30-6 and were ranked twelfth in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll released after the tournament.[17] Following the season, Stan Heath accepted the head coaching job at the University of Arkansas, leaving after just one season and a record of 30-6. Assistant coach Jim Christian was hired later that year as the next head coach.

Jim Christian[edit]

KSU versus the Akron Zips on January 23, 2008 at the MAC Center in Kent, Ohio.

The Flashes continued their success under Jim Christian, winning over twenty games every season he was coach along with MAC East titles in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2008; MAC overall titles in 2006 and 2008; and winning the MAC Tournament again in 2006 and 2008. In both 2003 and 2004, Kent State lost in the MAC Tournament championship game and received bids to the NIT.[8] Following their 2006 MAC Tournament title, they advanced to the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as a twelfth seed where they lost in the opening round.[18] In 2004, Kent State broke the MAC record for consecutive seasons with twenty or more wins by posting their sixth consecutive season. The streak is currently at ten as the 2007-2008 team won their twentieth game on February 12, 2008 at Central Michigan University.[19] In addition, Kent State broke the record for consecutive seasons with ten or more conference wins in a season by posting their ninth consecutive season of ten or more conference wins in 2006-2007, breaking the previous record of eight. The 2007-2008 season has seen several firsts and milestones for the program. On February 19, 2008, the Flashes recorded their 1,000th win in program history, a 76-66 win over the Buffalo Bulls at Buffalo's Alumni Arena.[20] On February 24, the Flashes scored their first-ever win against a ranked team in the regular season, defeating the Saint Mary's Gaels 65-57 in Moraga, California.[21] This was followed by Kent State's first-ever regular season ranking, rising to twenty-third in the Associated Press poll and twenty-fourth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.[22] With their 61-58 win at Akron on March 9 to close out the regular season, Kent State set a program record for wins in the regular season with twenty-five, breaking the previous record of twenty-four set in the 2001-2002 season.[23] Following their fifth conference tournament title, Kent State earned the highest seed in school history,[24] a ninth seed in the Midwestern region of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, where they fell to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels in the opening round.[25] On March 29 Jim Christian resigned to take the head coaching job at Texas Christian University. He finished with a career record of 138-58 at Kent State.[26] Christian was replaced by his top assistant coach Geno Ford, who officially took over the program on 2 April.[27]

Geno Ford[edit]

Geno Ford took over the program in 2008 and led the team to three winning seasons, including two regular season MAC Championships in the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons. It was the first time a team had won successive MAC regular season championships since Miami in 1991 and 1992 and the first time a team had won two consecutive outright titles since Ball State in 1989 and 1990. In 2011, KSU appeared in their 11th MAC Tournament Championship game, but fell in overtime. Although the team failed to advance to the NCAA Tournament during Ford's tenure, they did have three consecutive post-season appearances including the 2009 CollegeInsider.com Tournament and the 2010 and 2011 NITs. Kent State advanced to the second round of the 2010 NIT, winning their first post-season game since the 2002 Elite Eight run, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2011 NIT with two road wins. Ford left the team to take the head coaching job at Bradley University on March 27, 2011. Ford finished with a 68–37 record at Kent State.[28]

Rob Senderoff[edit]

Rob Senderoff, succeeded Ford as head coach on April 7, 2011 after briefly serving as interim head coach after Ford's departure.[29] Senderoff had worked as an assistant at Kent State with Ford under Jim Christian from 2002–06 before joining the staff of Kelvin Sampson at Indiana as an assistant. Following the Kelvin Sampson recruiting controversy, Senderoff was issued a three-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA and forced to resign at Indiana. He was rehired at Kent State in 2008 as associate head coach.[30] In his first two seasons as head coach, the Flashes continued some of their recent success, winning 20 games in each season and advancing to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in 2012. The 2012–13 season was Kent State's first season not winning at least 10 MAC games since the 1997–98 season, though the team did advance to the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament where they finished 1–1. The 2013-14 team struggled to a 16–16 record and 7–11 record in MAC play, the team's worst season since a 13–17 overall record in 1997–98 and worst MAC record since a 7–11 mark in 1996–97.[5]

MAC season results[edit]

As Mid-American Conference member[31]
Season Overall record* MAC tournament record** Postseason record Head coach[32]
1951–52 14–10 (3–7) -- -- Clarence Haerr
1952–53 7–15 (3–9) -- --
1953–54 8–13 (3–9) -- --
1954–55 8–14 (5–9) -- --
1955–56 10-11 (5-7) -- -- Dave McDowell
1956–57 5–18 (2–10) -- --
1957–58 9–14 (3–9) -- -- Bill Bertka
1958–59 11–13 (6–6) -- --
1959–60 7–16 (2–10) -- --
1960–61 9–14 (4–8) -- --
1961–62 2–19 (1–11) -- -- Bob Doll
1962-63 3-18 (1-11) -- --
1963–64 11–13 (5–7) -- --
1964–65 9–11 (4–8) -- --
1965–66 8–16 (3–9) -- --
1966–67 5–18 (1–11) -- -- Frank Truitt
1967–68 9–15 (3–9) -- --
1968–69 14–10 (6–6) -- --
1969–70 7–17 (2–8) -- --
1970–71 13–11 (4–6) -- --
1971–72 7–17 (6–4) -- --
1972–73 10–16 (5–7) -- --
1973–74 9–17 (1–11) -- --
1974–75 6–20 (3–11) -- -- Rex Hughes
1975–76 12–14 (7–9) -- --
1976–77 8–19 (4–12) -- --
1977–78 6–21 (4–12) -- -- Rex Hughes/Mike Boyd
1978–79 13–14 (7–9) -- -- Ed Douma
1979–80 10–17 (7–9) 0–1; Lost in quarterfinal --
1980–81 7–19 (5–11) Did not qualify --
1981–82 10–16 (6–10) Did not qualify --
1982–83 15–13 (9–9) 0–1; Lost in quarterfinal -- Jim McDonald
1983–84 15–14 (8–10) 2–1; Lost in final --
1984–85 17–13 (11–7) 1–1; Lost in semifinal 0–1 in NIT
1985–86 11–16 (7–11) Did not qualify --
1986–87 19–10 (11–5) 2–1; Lost in final --
1987–88 10–18 (6–10) 0–1; Lost in quarterfinal --
1988–89 21–10 (12–4) 2–1; Lost in final 0–1 in NIT
1989–90 21–8 (12–4) 0–1; Lost in quarterfinal 0–1 in NIT
1990–91 10–18 (4–12) 0–1; Lost in quarterfinal --
1991–92 9–19 (6–10) 0–1; Lost in quarterfinal --
1992–93 10–17 (7–11) 0–1; Lost in quarterfinal -- Dave Grube
1993–94 13–14 (8–10) 0–1; Lost in quarterfinal --
1994–95 8–19 (5–13) 0–1; Lost in quarterfinal --
1995–96 8–10 (14–13) 0–1; Lost in quarterfinal --
1996–97 9–18 (7–11) 0–1; Lost in quarterfinal -- Gary Waters
1997–98 13–17 (9–9) 1–1; Lost in semifinal --
1998–99 23–7 (13–5) 3–0; Won tournament 0–1 in NCAA Tournament
1999–2000 23–8 (13–5) 0–1; Lost in quarterfinal 2–1 in NIT
2000–01 24–10 (13–5) 3–0; Won tournament 1–1 in NCAA Tournament
2001–02 30–6 (17–1) 3–0; Won tournament 3–1 in NCAA Tournament Stan Heath
2002–03 22–9 (12–6) 2–1; Lost in final 0–1 in NIT Jim Christian
2003–04 22–8 (13–5) 2–1; Lost in final 0–1 in NIT
2004-05 20–13 (11–7) 1–1; Lost in quarterfinal 0–1 in NIT
2005–06 25–9 (15–3) 3–0; Won tournament 0–1 in NCAA Tournament
2006–07 21–11 (12–4) 1–1; Lost in semifinal --
2007–08 28–7 (13–3) 3–0; Won tournament 0–1 in NCAA Tournament
2008-09 19–15 (10–6) 1–1; Lost in quarterfinals 0–1 in CIT Geno Ford
2009–10 24–10 (13–3) 0–1; Lost in quarterfinals 1–1 in NIT
2010–11 25–12 (12–4) 2–1; Lost in final 2–1 in NIT
2011–12 21–12 (10–6) 1–1; Lost in semifinals 0–1 in CIT Rob Senderoff
2012–13 21–14 (9–7) 1–1; Lost in semifinals 1–1 in CIT
2013–14 16–16 (7–11) 0–1; Lost in first round --
2014–15 23–12 (12–6) 0–1; Lost in quarterfinals 2–1 in CIT

Overall conference titles shaded in ██ gold. East division titles shaded in ██ light yellow.
* - Overall record includes tournament and postseason results; Regular-season conference record contained in parentheses.
** - The MAC Tournament was first held in 1980. Beginning in 2000, it included all conference members.[31]

Post-season tournament results[edit]

MAC Tournament[edit]

Kent State has appeared in all but three Mid-American Conference tournaments since the tournament began in 1980 and through 2014 has an overall record of 34–28 in tournament play.[31] Through 2015, the Flashes have appeared in eleven MAC title games, winning five. The five tournament championships are third-most in conference history behind Ball State's seven and Ohio's six titles. The 11 title game appearances are tied for the most with Miami.[7]

Year Seed Location Round Result
1980 4th Memorial Gym  · Kent, Ohio Quarterfinal L 73–71 to (5) Ball State
1983 6th Centennial Hall  · Toledo, Ohio Quarterfinal L 79–64 to (3) Toledo
1984 7th Rockford MetroCentre  · Rockford, Illinois Quarterfinal W 57–53 over (2) Ohio
Semifinal W 67–58 over (6) Eastern Michigan
Final L 42–40 to (1) Miami
1985 4th Centennial Hall  · Toledo, Ohio Quarterfinal W 85–74 over (2) Eastern Michigan
Semifinal L 57–55 to (1) Ohio
1987 2nd Centennial Hall  · Toledo, Ohio Quarterfinal W 84–75 over (2) Western Michigan
Semifinal W 66–59 over (3) Bowling Green
Final L 64–63 to (1) Central Michigan
1988 7th Rose Arena  · Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Quarterfinal L 66–56 to (2) Central Michigan
1989 2nd Savage Hall  · Toledo, Ohio Quarterfinal W 65–56 over (7) Bowling Green
Semifinal W 88–43 over (3) Toledo
Final L 67–65 to (1) Ball State
1990 2nd Cobo Arena  · Detroit Quarterfinal L 82–65 to (7) Central Michigan
1991 8th Cobo Arena  · Detroit Quarterfinal L 66–47 to (1) Eastern Michigan
1992 6th Cobo Arena  · Detroit Quarterfinal L 61–57 to (3) Western Michigan
1993 8th Battelle Hall  · Columbus, Ohio Quarterfinal L 77–57 to (1) Ball State
1994 7th Anderson Arena  · Bowling Green, Ohio Quarterfinal L 68–58 to (2) Bowling Green
1995 8th Millett Hall  · Oxford, Ohio Quarterfinal L 77–49 to (1) Miami
1996 8th Bowen Field House  · Ypsilanti, Michigan Quarterfinal L 84–72 to (1) Eastern Michigan
1997 7th Millett Hall  · Oxford, Ohio Quarterfinal L 75–65 to (2) Miami
1998 6th James A. Rhodes Arena  · Akron, Ohio Quarterfinal W 95–88 over (3) Akron
SeaGate Centre  · Toledo, Ohio Semifinal L 64–59 to (7) Miami
1999 2nd MAC Center  · Kent, Ohio Quarterfinal W 79–76 over (7) Marshall
SeaGate Centre  · Toledo, Ohio Semifinal W 68–57 over (3) Ohio
Final W 49–43 over (1) Miami
2000 3rd Gund Arena  · Cleveland Quarterfinal L 69–68 to (6) Ohio
2001 2nd Gund Arena  · Cleveland Quarterfinal W 71–64 over (7) Bowling Green
Semifinal W 67–55 over (6) Ball State
Final W 67–61 over (8) Miami
2002 1st Gund Arena  · Cleveland Quarterfinal W 82–70 over (8) Marshall
Semifinal W 86–61 over (4) Toledo
Final W 70–59 over (3) Bowling Green
2003 2nd Gund Arena  · Cleveland Quarterfinal W 79–57 over (7) Marshall
Semifinal W 73–70 over (11) Ohio
Final L 77–72 to (1) Central Michigan
2004 2nd Gund Arena  · Cleveland Quarterfinal W 79–66 over (7) Bowling Green
Semifinal W 66–56 over (3) Miami
Final L 77–66 to (1) Western Michigan
2005 5th MAC Center  · Kent, Ohio Opening W 91–60 over (12) Central Michigan
Gund Arena  · Cleveland Quarterfinal L 62–55 to (4) Ohio
2006 1st Quicken Loans Arena  · Cleveland Quarterfinal W 76–67 over (8) Buffalo
Semifinal W 72–59 over (5) Ohio
Final W 71–66 over (7) Toledo
2007 3rd Quicken Loans Arena  · Cleveland Quarterfinal W 75–66 over (6) Western Michigan
Semifinal L 61–54 to (2) Akron
2008 1st Quicken Loans Arena  · Cleveland Quarterfinal W 77–57 over (8) Toledo
Semifinal W 49–47 over (5) Miami
Final W 74–55 over (3) Akron
2009 6th Quicken Loans Arena  · Cleveland Opening W 64–61 over (11) Northern Illinois
Quarterfinal L 65–62 to (3) Buffalo
2010 1st Quicken Loans Arena  · Cleveland Quarterfinal L 81–64 to (9) Ohio
2011 1st Quicken Loans Arena  · Cleveland Quarterfinal W 73–62 over (8) Buffalo
Semifinal W 79–68 over (4) Ball State
Final L 66–65 (OT) to (6) Akron
2012 4th Quicken Loans Arena  · Cleveland Quarterfinal W 76–72 over (8) Western Michigan
Semifinal L 78–74 to (1) Akron
2013 4th Quicken Loans Arena  · Cleveland Quarterfinal W 70–68 over (8) Buffalo
Semifinal L 62–59 to (1) Akron
2014 9th Millett Hall  · Oxford, Ohio First round L 71–64 to (8) Miami
2015 3rd Quicken Loans Arena  · Cleveland Quarterfinal L 53–51 to (7) Akron
Totals: 11 finals appearances, 5 championships, 34–28 record in tournament

NCAA Tournament[edit]

The Golden Flashes have appeared in five NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 4–5.

Year Seed Location Region Round Result
1999 11th FleetCenter  · Boston East First L 61–54 to (6) Temple
2001 13th Cox Arena  · San Diego West First W 77–73 over (4) Indiana
Second L 66–43 to (5) Cincinnati
2002 10th BI-LO Center  · Greenville, South Carolina South First W 69–61 over (7) Oklahoma State
Second W 71–58 over (2) Alabama
Rupp Arena  · Lexington, Kentucky Sweet Sixteen W 78–73 (OT) over (3) Pitt
Elite Eight L 81–69 to (5) Indiana
2006 12th The Palace of Auburn Hills  · Auburn Hills, Michigan Oakland First L 79–64 to (5) Pitt
2008 9th Qwest Center Omaha  · Omaha, Nebraska Midwest First L 71–58 to (8) UNLV

NIT[edit]

Kent State has appeared in nine National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 5–9.

Year Seed Location Region Round Result
1985 U.S. Bank Arena  · Cincinnati First L 77–61 to Cincinnati
1989 Detroit First L 83–69 to Michigan State
1990 St. Louis Arena  · St. Louis First L 85–74 to Saint Louis
2000 MAC Center  · Kent, Ohio First W 73–62 over Rutgers
The Pavilion  · Villanova, Pennsylvania Second W 81–67 over Villanova
Bryce Jordan Center  · University Park, Pennsylvania Quarterfinal L 81–74 to Penn State
2003 MAC Center  · Kent, Ohio Opening L 72–66 to College of Charleston
2004 MAC Center  · Kent, Ohio Opening L 65–54 to West Virginia
2005 E. A. Diddle Arena  · Bowling Green, Kentucky Opening L 88–80 (OT) to Western Kentucky
2010 4th MAC Center  · Kent, Ohio Illinois First W 75–74 over (5) Tulsa
Assembly Hall  · Champaign, Illinois Second L 75–58 to (1) Illinois
2011 7thth McKeon Pavilion  · Moraga, California Colorado First W 71–70 over (2) Saint Mary's
Webster Bank Arena  · Bridgeport, Connecticut Second W 72–68 over (6) Fairfield
Coors Events Center  · Boulder, Colorado Quarterfinals L 81–74 to (1) Colorado

CIT[edit]

Kent State has appeared in four CollegeInsider.com Tournaments. Their combined record is 3–4.

Year Location Round Result
2009 Athletics Center O'rena  · Rochester, Michigan First L 80–74 to Oakland
2012 G. B. Hodge Center  · Spartanburg, South Carolina First L 73–58 to USC Upstate
2013 MAC Center  · Kent, Ohio First W 73–71 over Fairfield
Reitz Arena  · Baltimore Second L 73–59 to Loyola (MD)
2015 Murphy Center  · Murfreesboro, Tennessee First W 68–56 over Middle Tennessee
American Bank Center  · Corpus Christi, Texas Second W 69–65 over Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
Walkup Skydome  · Flagstaff, Arizona Quarterfinals L 74–73 OT to Northern Arizona

Awards[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

All-America[33]
Name Year Team
Anthony Grier 1985 Honorable Mention
Antonio Gates 2003 Honorable Mention
DeAndre Haynes 2006 Honorable Mention
Al Fisher 2008 Honorable Mention
Justin Greene 2011 Honorable Mention
Academic All-America
Dennis Odle 1974 Second Team

Retired numbers[edit]

Kent State Golden Flashes retired numbers
Kent State Shaw 10.png Kent State Mitchell 12.png Kent State Huffman 24.png Kent State Thomas 40.png Kent State Gates 44.png
Demetric Shaw
G, 1999–2002
Andrew Mitchell
G, 1998–2002
Trevor Huffman
G, 1998–2002
Eric Thomas
SG, 1998–2002
Antonio Gates
PF, 2001–2003

Rivalries[edit]

Kent State's main rivalry is with the Akron Zips, who are located just 14 miles from Kent. The rivalry includes other sports within the MAC, most prominently in football, but has been most competitive between the schools' men's basketball squads in recent years. Games at campus sites usually sell out due to the schools' close proximity with each other and the stakes attached to each game. During the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons the two teams faced each other three times each season—including back-to-back conference tournaments—with Akron winning all three meetings in 2007 and Kent State taking all three in 2008. The Zips eliminated the Flashes from the 2007 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament with a 61–54 semifinal win in Cleveland and Kent State routed the Zips 74–55 in the 2008 MAC Championship game in Cleveland to gain an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament bracket after narrowly taking both meetings in the regular season. In 2009, a 67–63 Kent State win at the MAC Center on March 9 prevented Akron from winning its first-ever MAC regular season title. In 2010, the teams played each other in a nationally-televised game at the James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron to conclude the season with each team coming into the game with 12–3 conference records and tied for first place in the MAC East Division and overall MAC standings. Kent State defeated the Zips 74–61 to claim the overall MAC title and top seed in the 2010 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament.[34] The Flashes repeated the feat the following season, defeating the Zips March 4, 2011 at the MAC Center 79-68 in a nationally televised game to clinch the overall MAC regular season title and top seed in the tournament.[35]

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