2010–11 Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team

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2010–11 Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball
Kent State Centennial athletic.png
MAC East Division Champions
MAC Regular Season Champions
NIT, Quarterfinals
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division East Division
2010–11 record 25–11 (12–4 MAC)
Head coach Geno Ford
Home arena Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
Seasons
2010–11 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Kent State 12 4   .750     25 12   .676
Miami 11 5   .688     16 17   .485
Ohio 9 7   .563     19 16   .543
Akron 9 7   .563     23 13   .639
Bowling Green 8 8   .500     14 19   .424
Buffalo 8 8   .500     20 14   .588
West
Western Michigan 10 6   .625     21 13   .618
Ball State 10 6   .625     19 13   .594
Central Michigan 7 9   .438     10 21   .323
Northern Illinois 5 11   .313     9 21   .300
Eastern Michigan 5 11   .313     9 22   .290
Toledo 1 15   .063     4 28   .125
Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010–11 Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team represented Kent State University in the college basketball season of 2010–11. The team was coached by Geno Ford and played their home games at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center as members of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) East Division. On March 4, 2011, the team clinched their second-consecutive outright MAC regular season championship by defeating the Akron Zips 79–68 in Kent. It was the first back-to-back regular season titles in the MAC since Miami accomplished the feat in 1991 and 1992 and first back-to-back outright titles since Ball State in 1989 and 1990.

Before the season[edit]

Roster changes[edit]

Recruiting[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kenny Knight
PF
Cincinnati Aiken High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jan 18, 2009 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 86
Eric Gaines
SG
Englewood, Illinois Hillcrest High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Aug 3, 2009 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 85
Mark Henniger
PF
Massillon, Ohio Jackson High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) May 13, 2009 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 85
Darius Leonard
PF
Raleigh, North Carolina Kestrel Heights School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 85
Carlton Guyton
SG
Chicago Mineral Area College 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 84
DeAndre Nealy
PF
Detroit Mott Community College 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Nov 11, 2009 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Michael Porrini
SG
Massillon, Ohio Gulf Coast Community College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Feb 2, 2010 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
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]

2010–11 Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 1 Gaines, EricEric Gaines 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Chicago
G 2 Porrini, MichaelMichael Porrini 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Massillon, Ohio
G 3 Holt, RandallRandall Holt 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Cleveland
G 11 Guyton, CarltonCarlton Guyton 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 174 lb (79 kg) Jr Chicago
F 13 Henniger, MarkMark Henniger 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Massillon, Ohio
F 15 Nealy, DeAndreDeAndre Nealy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Jr Detroit
F 22 Leonard, DariusDarius Leonard 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Raleigh, North Carolina
F 23 Jackson, PatrickPatrick Jackson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Brooklyn, New York
G 25 Wilds, JordanJordan Wilds 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Hermitage, Pennsylvania
F 30 Frank, BrianBrian Frank 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Gainesville, Florida
G 32 Sherman, RodriguezRodriguez Sherman 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Indianapolis
C 33 Manns, JustinJustin Manns 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Winston-Salem, North Carolina
F 34 Greene, JustinJustin Greene 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Brooklyn, New York
Head coach

Geno Ford

Assistant coach(es)

Rob Senderoff
Bobby Steinburg
Jordan Mincy


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: March 6, 2011

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position College Graduating year
Geno Ford Head Coach Ohio University 1997
Rob Senderoff Associate Head Coach University of Albany 1995
Bobby Steinburg Assistant Coach Middle Tennessee State University 1997
Jordan Mincy Assistant Coach Kent State University 2009
Jaden Uken Director of Operations University of Nebraska–Lincoln 2003

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
November 5*
7:00 PM
Rochester (Michigan)
Exhibition
W 81–44
Stats
 
 
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (1,150)
Kent, Ohio
Regular Season
November 12*
5:00 PM
vs. Iona
World Vision Classic
W 73–72
Stats
 
1–0
Wolstein Center (1,450)
Cleveland, Ohio
November 13*
3:30 PM
vs. Bryant
World Vision Classic
W 90–49
Stats
 
2–0
Wolstein Center (NA)
Cleveland, Ohio
November 14*
6:00 PM
at Cleveland State
World Vision Classic
L 69–66
Stats
 
2–1
Wolstein Center (2,805)
Cleveland, Ohio
November 16*
8:00 AM, ESPN
Robert Morris
ESPN Tip-Off Marathon
W 62–59
Stats
 
3–1
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (1,496)
Kent, Ohio
November 19*
7:00 PM
Furman W 78–74
Stats
 OT
4–1
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (3,423)
Kent, Ohio
November 23*
5:00 PM
vs. Urbana
World Vision Classic
W 94–71
Stats
 
5–1
Wolstein Center (188)
Cleveland, Ohio
December 4*
2:00 PM
Lehigh W 80–75
Stats
 
6–1
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (3,421)
Kent, Ohio
December 2*
7:00 PM
Louisiana at Monroe W 69–53
Stats
 
7–1
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (3,351)
Kent, Ohio
December 5*
7:00 PM
at Alabama–Birmingham L 75–59
Stats
 
7–2
Bartow Arena (3,151)
Birmingham, Alabama
December 9*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
at No. 24 Florida L 87–58
Stats
 
7–3
O'Connell Center (7,522)
Gainesville, Florida
December 12*
6:30 PM, ESPNU
at South Florida W 56–51
Stats
 
8–3
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (3,183)
Kent, Ohio
December 21*
7:00 PM
Youngstown State W 71–58
Stats
 
9–3
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (3,450)
Kent, Ohio
December 28*
7:00 PM
at Morehead State L 76–59
Stats
 
9–4
Ellis Johnson Arena (2,328)
Morehead, Kentucky
December 31*
2:00 PM
James Madison L 60–51
Stats
 
9–5
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (2,862)
Kent, Ohio
January 8
7:00 PM, STO
at Akron L 65–62
Stats
 
9–6
(0–1)
James A. Rhodes Arena (5,019)
Akron, Ohio
January 11
7:00 PM
Bowling Green W 80–63
Stats
 
10–6
(1–1)
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (2,543)
Kent, Ohio
January 15
7:00 PM
at Ohio W 69–66
Stats
 
11–6
(2–1)
Convocation Center (8,022)
Athens, Ohio
January 19
7:30 PM, STO
at Buffalo L 79–54
Stats
 
11–7
(2–2)
Alumni Arena (2,112)
Buffalo, New York
January 23
2:00 PM, STO
Miami W 78–57
Stats
 
12–7
(3–2)
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (4,135)
Kent, Ohio
January 27
7:05 PM
at Ball State W 66–53
Stats
 
13–7
(4–2)
John E. Worthen Arena (3,310)
Muncie, Indiana
January 30
2:05 PM, STO
Toledo W 72–55
Stats
 
14–7
(5–2)
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (2,842)
Kent, Ohio
February 5
7:30 PM, ESPNU
Central Michigan W 66–53
Stats
 
15–7
(6–2)
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (3,921)
Kent, Ohio
February 9
7:00 PM
Eastern Michigan W 80–70
Stats
 
16–7
(7–2)
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (2,756)
Kent, Ohio
February 12
3:00 PM
at Northern Illinois W 84–77
Stats
 
17–7
(8–2)
Convocation Center (2,169)
DeKalb, Illinois
February 16
7:00 PM
at Miami L 86–80
Stats
 OT
17–8
(8–3)
Millett Hall (2,173)
Oxford, Ohio
February 18
9:00 PM, ESPNU
at Drexel
ESPN BracketBusters
L 73–66
Stats
 
17–9
Daskalakis Athletic Center (2,534)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
February 21
7:00 PM
at Western Michigan W 74–72
Stats
 
18–9
(9–3)
University Arena (2,363)
Kalamazoo, Michigan
February 24
7:00 PM, STO
Buffalo W 72–69
Stats
 
19–9
(10–3)
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (3,127)
Kent, Ohio
February 26
7:00 PM
Ohio L 88–87
Stats
 OT
19–10
(10–4)
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (5,125)
Kent, Ohio
March 1
7:00 PM, STO
at Bowling Green W 63–57
Stats
 
20–10
(11–4)
Anderson Arena (1,751)
Bowling Green, Ohio
March 4
7:00 PM, ESPN2
Akron W 79–68
Stats
 
21–10
(12–4)
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (6,327)
Kent, Ohio
Mid-American Conference Tournament
March 10
7:00 PM, STO
vs. Buffalo
Quarterfinals
W 73–62
Stats
 
22–10
Quicken Loans Arena (NA)
Cleveland, Ohio
March 11
9:30 PM, STO
vs. Ball State
Semifinals
W 79–68
Stats
 
23–10
Quicken Loans Arena (6,174)
Cleveland, Ohio
March 12
6:00 PM, ESPN2
vs. Akron
Championship Game
L 66–65
Stats
 OT
23–11
Quicken Loans Arena (8,926)
Cleveland, Ohio
2011 NIT
March 15*
11:00 PM, ESPN2
at Saint Mary's
First Round
W 71–70
Stats
 
24–11
McKeon Pavilion (2,443)
Moraga, California
March 20*
12:30 PM, ESPNU
at Fairfield
Second Round
W 72–68
Stats
 
25–11
Webster Bank Arena (3,954)
Bridgeport, Connecticut
March 22*
9:00 PM, ESPN
at Colorado
Quarterfinals
L 81–74 Stats  25–12
Coors Events Center (9,065)
Boulder, Colorado
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.

After the season[edit]

Comments[edit]

Following their overtime loss to Akron in the MAC Tournament Championship game, the team was seeded 7th in the 2011 National Invitation Tournament, which they automatically qualified for by winning the MAC regular season championship. They played in Moraga, California at 2nd-seeded St. Mary's, and defeated the Gaels 71–70. Kent State next traveled across the country to face 6th-seeded Fairfield, and defeated the Stags in Bridgeport, Connecticut 72–68. The win advanced Kent State to the NIT quarterfinals for the first time since 2000. In the quarterfinals, they played top-seeded Colorado, and lost to the Buffaloes 81–74 in Boulder, Colorado to finish the season with an overall record of 25–12.

On March 27, Bradley University announced they had hired Geno Ford to become their next head coach.[1]

Awards[edit]

On March 7, 2011, head coach Geno Ford was named the Coach of the Year in the Mid-American Conference while Junior forward Justin Greene was named the conference Player of the Year. It was Ford's second consecutive Coach of the Year award and marks the eighth 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).[2] Ford also became the fourth coach in MAC history to win back-to-back Coach of the Year awards and won the award by one vote over Miami's Charlie Coles. Greene was the first KSU player since Al Fisher in 2008 to be named Player of the Year and the third Kent State player overall to win the award, joining DeAndre Haynes in 2006. Greene won the award by three votes over Julian Muvunga of Miami and D. J. Cooper of Ohio.[3]

On March 8, Kent State players Michael Porrini and Carlton Guyton were honored by the Mid-American Conference as Porrini was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year and Guyton was named MAC Sixth Man of the Year. Porrini was the fourth Kent State player to earn the award and marked the fifth Defensive Player of the Year award for Kent State (Demertic Shaw; 2001 and 2002; John Edwards, 2004; and Haminn Quaintance, 2008). Guyton was the third KSU player to win the Sixth Man award, after Anthony Simpson in 2010 and Kevin Warzynski in 2006.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander, Elton (March 27, 2011). "Kent State basketball coach Geno Ford leaving for Bradley". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "MAC Announces Player of the Year, Coach of the Year". MAC-Sports.com. Mid-American Conference. March 8, 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "MAC Announces Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Coach of the Year". MAC-Sports.com. Mid-American Conference. March 7, 2011. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Buffalo's McCrea Honored Along With KSU's Porrini, Guyton". MAC-Sports.com. Mid-American Conference. March 8, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2011.