Men's Basketball Preview: Kent State at Bucknell

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Men's Basketball Preview

Kent State (5-3) at Bucknell (7-1)

When/Where: Tonight, 7 p.m./Sojka Pavilion in Lewisburg, Pa.

Radio: WHLO 640 AM.

Head Coaches: Rob Senderoff, Kent State (26-15, 2nd season); Dave Paulsen, Bucknell.

2011-12 Records: Kent State 21-12; Bucknell 25-10.

Kent State Leaders: Senior forward Chris Evans leads the Flashes in scoring (18.1 ppg), rebounding (7.6 rpg), steals (2.5 spg) and assists (2.0 apg). Senior guard Randal Holt is second in scoring (15.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg), while junior forward Mark Henniger is second in rebounding (4.5 rpg).

Scouting Bucknell: The Bison have won 7-of-8 games, including a road win over Purdue to start the season. The lone loss came at Penn State (60-57). ... Mike Muscala, a 6-foot-11 senior forward, leads Bucknell in scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (12.1 rpg), and has 18 blocked shots. Bryson Johnson, a 6-2 senior guard, averages 12.9 points per game, while 6-5 junior guard Cameron Ayers chips in 11.4 points and 5.1 boards. ... The Bison are holding foes to 57.4 points per game and 36 percent shooting from the field.

Flash Facts: Freshman forward Chris Ortiz had successful surgery on his fractured foot on Saturday. A pin was placed in the foot, and he will likely miss about six weeks. ... Kent State is 2-0 on the road, but is coming off a disappointing 62-50 home loss to Princeton.

Senderoff on Bucknell: "I think they have an NBA center on their roster (Muscala), the best post player I've seen since (former Central Michigan star and current NBA player) Chris Kaman. We're gonna have our hands full there for sure. They surround him with good shooters. They're an excellent team, the best team on our schedule in my opinion."

Senderoff on Kent State: "On Saturday, we had one day to practice without Chris Ortiz, so we had all sorts of different lineups out their that hadn't practiced or played together. That had a lot to do with our lack of efficiency offensively. We missed 24 layups in the game. Now we play another really, really good halfcourt defensive team. We'll see how we do."

Countdown to Akron: 47 days.

-- ALLEN MOFF

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