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Men’s basketball: Kent State scouting report and how to watch

After facing its first two Mid-American Conference opponents on the road, Ohio takes on Kent State in The Convo on Friday for its first home game against a conference opponent.

The Bobcats (11-2, 2-0 MAC) enter Friday’s game on a strong streak. They remain undefeated in The Convo this season and won their sixth game in a row after knocking down Akron on the road on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Golden Flashes (7-6, 2-1 MAC) have lost three of their last five games. In those five games, four have been decided by three runs or less. In the Bobcats’ last five games, their closest winning margin was six points.

Here’s a look at the Golden Flashes ahead of the Ohio conference opener:

Game Information

Opponent: Kent State

Location: The Convo

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Look: CBS Sports Network

Listen: IMG Sports Network of Ohio

Live Stats: Live stats are provided here.

Meet the opponent

Likely beginners

02 Malique Jacobs (6-foot-3, 194 pounds)

03 Sincere Carry (6-foot-1, 185 pounds)

11 Giovanni Santiago (6-foot, 164-pounds)

04 Andrew Garcia (6-foot-5, 224 pounds)

21 Justyn Hamilton (6-foot-11, 208 pounds)

Individual statistical officers

Points: Carry (16.7 points per game)

Rebounds: Jacobs (6.8 rebounds per game)

Assists: Carry (4.9 assists per game)

Field goal percentage: Akeem Odusipe (100%)

3-point percentage: Tervell Beck (42.9%)

Free Throw Percentage: VonCameron Davis (100%)

Team Statistical Profile

Points per game: 69.7

Rebounds per game: 35.5

Assists per game: 12.9

Turnover per game: 12.2

Field goal percentage: 42.6%

3-point percentage: 30.5%

Free throw percentage: 80%

The series

Ohio leads 96-54. Despite leading the series all-time, Ohio’s record has dropped against Kent State lately. Ohio has won just three times in the last 10 meetings, and it’s 9-12 against Kent State since the 2011-12 season.

The two teams last met in the quarterfinals of the 2021 MAC Tournament, where the Bobcats outscored the Golden Flashes 85-63 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland.

Player to watch

Carry – Although the redshirt junior ranks in the bottom half of the Golden Flashes in field goal percentage, he leads the team in points per game, assists and steals. Carry has also scored in double figures in his last five games, and he is the only member of the Golden Flashes to do so.

In Kent State’s last win over Ball State, Carry scored a season-high 26 points and had seven rebounds and six assists.

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