By EVAN MEYER
HEAD COACH: Rob Senderhoff (5th season; 90-58 overall, 38-30 in MAC)
2014-15: RECORD: 23-12 (12-6 in MAC East – first place)
MAC TOURNAMENT: Lost to Akron in quarterfinals 53-51
POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT: College Invitation Tournament -- KSU defeated Middle Tennessee (68-56) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (69-65) before losing at Northern Arizona in the quarterfinals 74-73 in overtime.
LEFT THE BUILDING: F Deveraux Manley (13.5 pts/2.8 reb) G Kris Brewer (10.6pts/2.7 apg), and G Derek Jackson (10.6/3.26 apg)
BACK FOR MORE: F Jimmy Hall (15.1 pts/6.7 reb), F Kellon Thomas (12.7pts/ 3.3 apg), F Chris Ortiz (7.6 pts/5.4 reb), F Khaliq Spicer (7.6 pts/6.1 reb)
NEWCOMERS: F Xavier Pollard (fifth year senior transfer from Maine) 11.8 pts/ v2.6 apg) and G Jaylin Walker (7.8 pts/2.3 apg)
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► The MAC Media preseason poll picked Kent State for a second place finish in the MAC East, one spot behind Akron.
► Senior center Pat Forsythe was a was First Team All-MAC selection.
► Kent State's 9-4 record is tied for third best in the MAC East.
► The Golden Flashes opened its season with a victory over Youngstown State in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. After a road loss at Southern Illinois, the Flashes won five of their next six games including a four-game winning streak after a loss on November 28th at Pittsburg.
The Flashes then traveled to Las Vegas for the semifinals and finals of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. KSU opened the tournament with home wins over Louisiana-Monroe and Canisius. However, they fell to nationally ranked SMU and then to Penn State, squandering a big second half lead.
KSU completed the non-conference portion of the schedule with a win at North Carolina A&T and then Division II opponent Oberlin College at home.
► Kent State averages 74.1 ppg (5th) on offense and surrenders 71.7 ppg (9th) for a scoring margin mark of +2.4 (9th).
► The Flashes rank fourth in overall field goal percentage (44.7%) and ninth on 3-point percentage (31.9%). KSU is last in free throw percentage (65.0%).
► Rebounding has been a strength. The Flashes are third in rebounding margin (+4.4).
► The Flashes rank sixth in turnover margin (+1.08) and are eighth in steals (5.7 spg).
► KSU opens Mid-American Conference play Tuesday night at home at Western Michigan before returning home to battle defending MAC Tournament champion Buffalo.